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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey (10 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846038499
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846038495
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 0.7 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have no hesitation in recommending this book to all our readers no matter what your interest --Military Modelcraft International

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Ken Ford was born in Hampshire in 1943. He trained as an engineer and spent almost thirty years in the telecommunications industry before a change in career led him to become a full-time military historian. He is the author of over twenty books on various aspects of World War II. Ken now lives in Southampton. The author lives in Southampton, UK.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BLT on 2 Oct. 2010
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Osprey at its best. A good overall view, factual, simple down-to-earth war account. Maps are good and helpful. No flaws or wild guess comments. The book is serious albeit not too academic.
A view of the raid from the German side would have been a very welcome addition, though. First-hand accounts from the participants would have been the icing on the cake. A dozen more pages wouldn't have been a luxury. Colour plates on the actors from both sides is sadly missed. The large double-page "paintings" depicting action scenes are pointless and especially weak (cheap ?).

All in all a short, concise story of a historical raid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony Howard on 18 April 2012
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This is the first book I have read from the Osprey `Raid' series & very interesting it was too. At only 78 pages long it is a short but concise description of a raid on the German-occupied French coast, in order to capture a newly developed type of RADAR device recently put into service by the Germans.

The story of the raid itself by British paratroops is an exciting one, but the book also covers the many reasons for this particular raid: capture of the Wurtzburg equipment & its significance to the battle for technical supremacy; the need to develop a Combined Operations capability across the British Services and the testing of the newly formed Parachute Regiment. I found the story of the RADAR developments on both sides particularly enjoyable. The maps & diagrams are very good, but the citation of original source material was a bit lacking I thought. Perhaps there isn't sufficient space in so short a book. It's a good read for anyone interested in the history of WWII. Four stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ramjet on 17 Sept. 2011
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This book contains a very detailed review of the Bruneval raid. The selection of the troops , their training, frustrations and a excellent description of the operation itself. Also covered are some of the benefits that accrued from this successful operation.

The book is a valuable source of information for anyone interested in airborne operations of WWII as "Operation Biting" formed the basis for the setting up of the parachute troops that were used so successfully as part of the D Day operations.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Withnail67 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Sept. 2010
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This is another great volume in a fascinating new series by Osprey. While not perfect, they are a very valuable addition to popular military history, acting as myth busters, and offering fresh perspectives on famous raids.

The literature on the Bruneval raid is worthy but rather thin, resting mainly on Millar's compelling but dated account from 1974. I didn't even know it had a codename (Operation `Biting'). Given the key role of the operation in the `Battle of the Beams' and in the development of Allied airborne forces, and the involvement of figures such as John Frost and RV Jones, the time is right for a new account.

Bruneval was an outstanding success and became the Parachute Regiment's first battle honour, and the cut and thrust of the fighting is well represented by clear prose and Osprey's trademark maps and illustrations. The operational planning and RAF and Navy involvements are well represented, as is the technical aspects of the raid on German radar. Most of the photographs were new to me and were very clearly reproduced. The accounts of heavily laden paratroopers with creaking bladders dropping through the floor of a freezing Whitley were very evocative! I was very pleased to see a firm grounding in primary sources in the bibliography.

I was very pleased with the refreshing perspectives in the companion volume in the series on the `capture' of Mussolini by the outrageous fantasist Skorzeny. This book is less revisionist, but a great read. A schematic of the paratroops' equipment would have been good, and I can't help but feel a little short changed when the size of these books are compared to the Campaign series. I'll be buying more of them nevertheless.
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By Mike G on 24 July 2013
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I plan to visit the site of the famous Bruneval Raid soon and need to understand what happened on Operation Biting in 1942. (This will be my second such seaborne 'raid' of my own. In June 2013 I embarked on the trail of another brilliantly successful raid in Norway for which good research was necessary. Search Google for "The Great Norwegian Solo RIB Raid" and see for yourself what happened on my adventure.)

Ken Ford's book is a very neat, compact account of what turned out to be a huge success, and The Parachute Regiment's first battle honour. He tells the story well without too much, or too little detail. The illustrations help to pull it all together so the whole book is easy to assimilate.

If you are interested in WWII raiding actions, or if you are visiting this part of France for any other reason and have time to spare, buying tho slim volume before you go is money well spent.
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