Night Raid: The True Story of the First Victorious British Para Raid of WWII Hardcover – 9 May 2013
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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 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.
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.
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 .
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fascinating true story about the first combined operations mission.
Well paced and easy to read, well worth a go if you're interested in little known events from WW2.
I only hope that today's British Army can match the courage of the men described in this book, well writtten, could not put the book down.Published 21 months ago by Murdo
Thorough informative account of the early days of Airborne troops & radar i would recommend this to everyone and all ages!Published on 15 Feb. 2014 by Doug doug
Very readable and came up to expectations. Well written with good information. Better than some other contemporary histories I have read.Published on 4 Jan. 2014 by paul burry
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