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The Peenemunde Raid: The Night of 17-18 August 1943 Kindle Edition
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Author made a very thourough research on the topic and wrote the book in a very accessible and pleasant to read but still very rigourous and professional style. The story of creation of Peenemunde research center, of its internal organisation and of the progress on V-1 and V-2 programs until 1943 is described in detail, as is the intelligence gathering by the British (some of it provided by Polish underground Home Army) and the planification of this very long range and difficult bombing operation. This raid was even more daring, when one considers that many of the bombers were still the relatively old Halifaxes and Stirlings! The description of the raid itself is EXCELLENT! By moments I almost felt as if I was in the cockpit of one of RAF bombers! Luftwaffe's reaction is also described in detail and it is a very surprising story which you desserve to discover yourself...
Once the book started to describe the effects of the bombardment as perceived by those who were at the receiving end, the reading became for me very personnal, because my maternal grandfather was one of Polish slave laborers rounded by the Nazis in 1942 and he found himself deported to the concentration camp desserving Peenemunde - and he saw the raid up close and personally... As you are maybe aware, because of an error of targeting (quite frequent in night operations in those times) RAF bombers flattened not only the research center itself, but also the adjacent camp of slave laborers (mostly Polish deportees). Hundreds of the latter were killed, as the camp, for obvious reasons, didn't have any bomb shelters for the prisoners...Read more ›