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Operation Crossbow: The Untold Story of the Search for Hitler's Secret Weapons [Kindle Edition]

Allan Williams
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The story of the photographic intelligence work undertaken from a country house at Medmenham, Buckinghamshire, is one of the great lost stories of the Second World War .



At its peak in 1944, almost 2,000 British and American men and women worked at the top-secret Danesfield House, interpreting photographs - the majority stereoscopic so they could be viewed in 3D - to unlock secrets of German military activity and weapons development. Millions of aerial photographs were taken by Allied pilots, flying unarmed modified Spitfires and Mosquitos on missions over Nazi Europe. it was said that an aircraft could land, the photographs be developed and initial interpretation completed within two hours - marking the culmination of years of experiments in aerial intelligence techniques.



Their finest hour began in 1943, during the planning stages of the Allied invasion of Europe, when Douglas Kendall, who masterminded the interpretation work at Medmenham, led the hunt for Hitler's secret weapons. Operation Crossbow would grow from a handful of photographic interpreters to the creation of a hand-picked team, and came to involve interpreters from across the Medmenham spectrum, including the team of aircraft specialists led by the redoubtable Constance Babington Smith. In November that year, whilst analysing photographs of Peenemunde in northern Germany, they spotted a small stunted aircraft on a ramp. This intelligence breakthrough linked the Nazi research station with a growing network of sites in northern France, where ramps were being constructed aligned not only with London, but targets throughout southern Britain.



Through the combined skill and dedication of the Crossbow team and the heroism of the Allied pilots, throughout late 1943 and 1944 V-weapon launch sites were located and through countermeasures destroyed, saving hundreds of thousands of lives, and changing the course of the war.



Operation Crossbow is a wonderful story of human endeavour and derring-do, told for the first time.


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"A fascinating and scholarly account of a secret slideshow of the war." (Daily Express)

"Gripping" (The Good Book guide)

"Extensive and detailed" (Army Rumour Service)

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Told for the firsrt time, the real story behind the top-secret World War Two operations Crossbow and Bodyline. How the photographic interpreters at Medmenham discovered the network of V-1 and V-2 sites throughout Nazi-occupied Europe.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4501 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Preface Digital (30 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C2SNQZY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #262,439 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, first 100 pages a hard slog 23 July 2013
By N. Page VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I was looking forward to reading this, but to be honest it was a bit of a hard slog. The first 100 pages were a general history of British photo reconnaissance/intelligence, from its adhoc origins post WW I to the amateurish establishment of a photographic intelligence service at the outbreak of WWII - nothing to do with Crossbow at all which was essentially the reason I wanted to read this title. The writer's style is also disappointing, and tends to jump around all over the place; far too many characters introduced tending to halt the flow of the narrative over the early chapters and far too many dropped into the narrative to leave you wondering who the hell they were. The chapter on 'model-making' may be interesting to some but was far removed from 'Crossbow' ..as a manuscript I'd say it was particularly unfocused or disjointed, probably rushed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars operation crosbow 26 Aug. 2013
By rocky
Format:Hardcover
The secondary title of the book explains its content. However the editor of the book should be taken to task. The story of the search for the V weapons is forever being interrupted by episodes of the history of photographic intelligence. This makes it somewhat difficult to follow. Moreover there are many instances of sentences being repeated on the same page in different paragraphs.
Tighter editing would have resulted in a far more readable book about an excellent topic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 20 Dec. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
so far, too many names and dates to remember and not enough story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 April 2015
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Exciting stuff and true too
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 27 Dec. 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
TELLS A STORY THAT NEEDS TO BE TOLD
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3.0 out of 5 stars comment 31 Oct. 2013
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satisfactory, but just another book, with interesting info.
Why do you need such veerbage when a word or two will suffice
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 Jan. 2015
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
GREAT
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