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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (1 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099557339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099557333
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

Book Description

Told for the first 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rocky on 26 Aug 2013
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Page VINE VOICE on 23 July 2013
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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By Jack Willox on 20 Dec 2014
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so far, too many names and dates to remember and not enough story
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Macpherson on 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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Lombardo on 9 Aug 2014
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A book that is better than the film very good
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Keith D Russ on 23 Sep 2013
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As with all good books and photographs, its easy to identify what these weapons and sites were for. At the time, it must have been very interesting and thought provoking trying to work out exactly what was going on.

A good read on a subject that most people only know a little about
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