Catch That Tiger Paperback – 1 Jul 2013
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""Gripping."" --Washington Times
About the Author
Noel Botham is the chairman of the Useless Information Society and the author of several books, including "The Best Book of Useless Information Ever," "The Book of Useless Information," and "The Ultimate Book of Useless Information." Bruce Montague is an actor.
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What do we know for certain? Records show that Major AD Lidderdale was the officer commanding No 104 Tanks Workshop REME based near Tunis at the time of 131's capture. The first official documented connection between Lidderdale and Tiger 131 was when the 104th were tasked with supervising the recovery operation on the 7 May, over two weeks after the action in which it was abandoned by its crew. His unit went on to repair and overhaul the captured Tiger so it could be evaluated and filmed for recognition purposes. While still in North Africa the Tiger was visited by several VIP's including Churchill, General Alexander and King George VI. Lidderdale then accompanied the Tiger back to England and was the author of the initial technical report on the tank in November 1943. All of these are accepted and substantiated facts.
The book doesn't dispute these facts but does elaborate and expand them into a tale, which if true, beggars belief and would rank as one of the great true life action stories of WWII.
The central claim is that Lidderdale was personally ordered by Churchill to bag him a tiger.Read more ›
What looks at first glance to be a work of non-fiction is in fact a comic book work of fiction with some fact weaved into it.
This is a book that is authored so badly it makes a Jeffrey Archer novel look like a work of Shakespeare; 'nothing can be that bad!' I hear you exclaim, oh yes it can, and then some.
This garbage was, believe it or not, the Daily Mail 'Book of the Week' and received a rave review in the Daily Express, that says a lot about the quality of the the press in this country and the competence and motives of it's so called journalists (free lunch anyone?).
My condolences to the mugs who paid the full price for this confection, my copy was only 50p from a charity shop, about 49p more than it was worth.
I have just received the 'Tank Times' from Bovington Tank Museum in which there is an artical about this book. Here is one paragraph:
'The leters that Doug Lidderdale wrote before his death in 1999 would make uncomfortable reading for anyone who accepts the claims made in 'Catch That Tiger'. Because whilst he was heavily envolved in the story of Tiger 131, he clearly admits he wasn't there when it was captured.'
For example. According to this book, Hitler's second birthday treat in 1942, following early-morning raunchy rumpy-pumpy with Eva, is to inspect two candidate heavy tank designs. He rejects one because it can only do 2mph and picks the other, made by Herschel. He then gloats over its splendid gun with its shells weighing nearly a tonne each. The trouble with this account is that, with the possible exception of the rumpy-pumpy with Eva, everything in it is factually incorrect.
The rejected Porsche design was turned down because its engine was both troublesome and used excessive quantities of hard-to-source strategic materials. The 90-odd pre-production models of this design already built were converted to tank destroyers instead. Weighing 65 tonnes - 10 tonnes more than the prototype Hitler saw - they were good for 20mph. The claim of 2mph is simply nonsense.
The design selected was made not by "Herschel", but by Henschel. It's not a typo, it is repeated throughout. It's as though one opened a book about the Battle of Britain to find it discussing the RAF's Honker Hurricanes.
The Tiger's shells did not weigh a tonne each. The only shells in use anywhere in 1942 that did weigh a tonne each were the ~2,300lb rounds fired by various types of 16-inch naval gun. The Tiger's gun was of 3.4-inch (strictly, 88mm) calibre, and its round weighed 16lbs. Even if the authors mean that the Tiger's total ammunition loadout of 92 rounds weighed a tonne, they'd still be wrong.Read more ›
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Only managed a few pages in and its already hugely speculative verging on just made up. Decided to give up after the Hitler-Eva sex scene and the utterly ficticious review of two... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Shrike
A fun work of fiction the only problem is that its presented as factPublished 8 months ago by joseph willis
i read this book , was fun read ,hey its reviewed by the daily mail who really cares if its not all 100%
get a life
its good fun sunday afternoon chill out easy... Read more
I have never liked stories from a persons perspective always preferred fiction but as I love tanks thought I would give it a go. Read morePublished 9 months ago by robb
Started reading this last night and am giving up already. The style of writing is more like a novel than non-fiction and, as it says at the beginning of the book, the conversations... Read morePublished 10 months ago by JM
a very good accurate account of how things realy were a well writen griping story very enjoyable regards donaldPublished 10 months ago by donald
I feel robbed of the money I paid for this dreary little book. I guess I should have done my research, something the authors failed to do. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Southern John
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