T-Force: The Forgotten Heroes of 1945 Paperback – 27 May 2010
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Only the most casual reading would give the impression of vagueness. The authority given to T-Force was broad and explicit: "The holder of this card is entitled on my authority [Major General Freddie de Guingand - Field Marshal Montgomery's Chief of Staff], to deny any member of the forces entry or access to the building or area which he is guarding." A list of some of the items discovered includes:
"...a submarine 'Schnorkel' with a radar unit attached, the first of its type to be uncovered."
"... a new type of anti-aircraft predictor, only two examples of which were believed to be in existence. Assessors described the find as of the 'utmmost importance.'"
"Beneath the factory were three cellars full of ball bearings... were urgently required for evacuation, since a British ball-bearing manufacturer had recently been bombed, halting production: 'We flew out three Dakotas full of ball bearings, from Rheine airfield to the UK.'"
Not all targets were on the 'black-lists' carried by T-Force. Targets of opportunity were sometimes stumbled upon. (A look at the titles of some B.I.O.S. Reports will find such designations on the cover.Read more ›
Vast secret reserves - the latest subs, aircraft and chemical weapon shells coloured for desert use - were uncovered and crates of research papers, documenting experiments on slave labour were found. Certanly, there is some repetition in the telling of this story as other reviewers have complained. But the miracle of our survival in the face of such advanced terror weapons is driven home by the heroism of this unit and others. The race to capture and occupy German ports before Soviet forces is revealing.
Buy it; it's educational!
P.S. I was shocked to read the 'casahistoria' rview on this page. The writer was surprised that the book read like a history of a British army unit! Of course of reads like that: it is a history of a British Army unit!!!
That's not to say however that T-Force fails to contribute to the wider debate. As someone who specialised in German/Russian history of this period at University, reading the last chapters I was suprised to see much of what I'd learnt about the Russian impact on the German postwar economy - was equally true - thanks to unit's like T-Force - of the British impact. And what I would have given to have had access to this book back then when I was doing my studies.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting tale of a little-known aspect of British dealings with Germany at the end of, & immediately after, WW2.Published 10 months ago by Frances Kerrison
A bit disappointing, have read a similar book which gave more info. Also some of the page bottoms were cut off short especially the photo pages.Published 12 months ago by mgb
Excellent book, just what I had hoped for regarding the description of the T-force and the last months of WW2. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kurt Stigaard
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