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Night Raid: The True Story of the First Victorious British Para Raid of WWII Hardcover – 9 May 2013

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; 1st Edition edition (9 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408703726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408703724
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.8 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Bruneval Raid was the start of the airborne brotherhood. Taylor Downing's vivid account brings alive this important turning point in military history with flair and pace (Andy McNab)

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The true story of the first victorious para raid that helped to change the course of the Second World War for readers who love Ben Macintyre

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The battle at Bruneval lasted a few short hours yet was an instrumental part of the eventual allied victory; the stolen German radar the Paras brought back giving British scientists key information they needed to blind German radar to turn the air war in RAF Bomber Command's favour.

The Bruneval raid is something that is well known in the distinguished history of the Parachute Regiment but what this book illuminates is just how important the scientific results of the mission were, along with the captured Luftwaffe operator, to the British understanding of German air defence. There are some gems of information in this well-paced book, such as how the very precise manufacturer's labels on the component parts allowed the allies to understand were German radars were manufactured and then how many units the factories were capable of producing to show what Bomber Command was up against.

The raid itself takes up around a third of the book, the rest of it flies round the training for the raid, bringing the Navy, Army and Air Force resources together, how intelligence about German troop strengths in Bruneval was discovered and the development of British radar led by Sir Robert Watson Watt along with developments in Europe. The last part of the book then deals post-raid with how the information gleaned was then used to Bomber Command's advantage.

One of the final paragraphs of the book has Sir Robert Watson Watt speeding down a US highway and being stopped by a policeman. Realising he was caught by a radar speed gun he bemoans to, the no doubt surprised, policeman that he'd never of invented it if he knew that it would be used like that!

The Kindle edition has photographs and readable maps.
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Night Raid is a great read. Not only does it tell the story of one of the most daring and dramatic airborne raids of the war, but it places it firmly in the context of the science war. British scientists needed to know how the German radar system worked and so the Paras were sent to Bruneval in France to capture a Wurzburg radar on the top of a cliff, dismantle it and bring it home. Sounds so simple, but so much could have gone wrong and some things did!

Taylor Downing interweaves the parallel stories of the scientists and their work with the Paras preparing for the raid in a gripping way. There are about 4 chapters on the drama of the raid. The final chapters are particularly revealing about the consequences of the Raid and how it launched the legend of the Red Devils. The book also tells how the press were fed the story of the raid, and details what happened to all the key players (inc the Germans) afterwards.
If you don't know the story of the Bruneval Raid you should. And if you do, there is a lot of new material here.
Highly recommended.
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Radar, a tool so common today that one takes it for granted. This book gives you a good account of the development of radar from the very very begging until the present use of it. It's role in the battle of Britain and the fact of the German s development of radar and the way the Germans use it this book tells you that at an early stage of the war German radar was better than ours. This book deals with a commando raid by British paratroopers,navy and R,A,F to pinch component s from German radar installation and the success of that mission. Very well written, very informative, a pleasure to read. Highly recommended.
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At last a more definite history of the daring raid to grab the German radar to understand how to combat and develop a counter measure to it. As usual the German quality was discovered to be top notch.
Raid successful in minimum British losses, and successful return with 90% of radar components brought back for detailed breakdown to manufacture a counter measure.
Book is recommended .
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Great story of the first ever sucessful night drop by the newly formed Parachute Regiment. Warts and all account of what was to become the Red Devils' first Battle Honour - Bruneval.
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Well written and very" readable. I felt proud that my father an R.A.N. officer, was the naval commander of "Operation Biting" and participated in the successful raid on Bruneval.
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