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Target Tirpitz: X-Craft, Agents and Dambusters - The Epic Quest to Destroy Hitler's Mightiest Warship by [Bishop, Patrick]
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‘This is a great wartime story, gung-ho in its praise of the men who finally sank Tirpitz, yet compassionate towards her courageous crew. Already a bestselling war historian with his books on the RAF, Target Tirpitz proves that Bishop has sea legs, and this book should add another fleet of fans to his existing army of admirers.’
Sunday Telegraph

‘The story of the successive British efforts to destroy [the Tirpitz] is remarkable indeed, and Bishop deploys all his splendid narrative gifts to do it justice.’ Max Hastings, Sunday Times

‘Spellbinding…While he is adept at explaining the strategic picture it is in his intense description of set-pieces and of the heroic dedication of their human participants that Bishop excels.’ Daily Express

‘Patrick Bishop wisely concentrates his splendid narrative on the many ingenious and extremely hazardous British attempts to destroy [the Tirpitz]…Bishop does this tale extraordinary justice…Elegantly written and exhaustively researched, Target Tirpitz is a fitting memorial to all those who perished in this relatively unknown chapter of naval warfare.’ Daily Telegraph

“The story of the successive British efforts to destroy (the Tirpitz) is remarkable indeed, and Bishop deploys all his splendid narrative gifts to do it justice” Sunday Times

About the Author

Patrick Bishop is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling ‘Fighter Boys’, ‘Bomber Boys’, ‘3 Para’ and ‘Ground Truth’. Previously, he was a foreign correspondent for over twenty years, reporting from conflicts all over the world.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 41410 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPress (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007319231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007319237
  • ASIN: B005WKGN5Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,082 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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For Churchill the sinking of the Tirpitz was an obsession. Politically it was good news for Churchill, but it served little naval purpose by the time it was achieved. This is a fine account of the various attempts to sink the Tirpitz.

Patrick Bishop identifies the swan-song of the battleship: aircraft carriers were becoming the dominant naval force. (By 1943 Hitler had decided to scrap his big ships because they were not contributing effectively to the war and were using valuable resources. He was persuaded from doing so because the British forces covering threats from his big ships would then be used elsewhere).

The Tirpitz spent most of the war holed-up in Norwegian fjords. It rarely ventured out because Hitler did not want to see the Tirpitz suffer the same fate as the Bismarck. (A hit on its rudder by a torpedo from an antiquated biplane from the aircraft carrier Ark Royal meant the Bismarck could then only turn in circles, and its fate was sealed).

Bishop describes how more than 2000 men on the Tirpitz spent most of the war in relative comfort: three meals a day and plenty of time to relax. In fact one of the problems was boredom at a time when Hitler's armies in Russia were suffering appallingly.

Max Hastings writes in 'Bomber Command': "Many of the greatest feats of precision bombing such as the sinking of the Tirpitz - which would have been a strategic achievement in 1941, 1942, and even 1943 - became no more than marvellous circus-tricks by the time were they achieved in 1944 and 1945". Ludovic Kennedy wrote in his history of the vessel that she "lived an invalid's life and died a cripple's death".

This is not to deny the bravery of the men who were involved in the various attempts to sink the Tirpitz. This Kindle edition has good photographs and useful diagrams which look good on a Kindle Fire HD, though may not do so on a basic Kindle.

Strongly recommended.
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This is a very interesting and engaging account of the allies attempts to destroy the Tirpitz during WW2. While full of detail it is very well written in a style that is very interesting not just a list of dry facts, a whole book of good narrative telling of the, Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm, Midget submarines and the RAF's attempts to destroy this battleship that was such a thorn in the side of the Allies during the war. Detailed but easy to read book very recommended to anyone with even a passin interest.
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I loved this book, as it really shows what it must have been like, submerged in an X-Craft or bomber, desperately searching to destroy the Tirpitz, the biggest ship left in Hitler's arsenal. The author, normally concentrating on the air war in previous books, has taken to the sea like a duck to water and effortlessly manages to describe life on board ships, subs and torpedo boats. I liked the way the book is arranged, with quite a few chapters documenting what life was like on the Tirpitz itself, before switching to the allies and their attempts to sink the mighty boat. In many ways the book is more a book about the battle against the German surface raiders, than it is just about the Tirpitz, as it contains agreeable voyages into the demise of the Bismarck and Scharnhorst, as well as raids like St Nazaire. In short, a top hole book that manages to show how brave those sailors and airmen were, whether they served in the RAF, the Royal Navy or even the Kriegsmarine.
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Patrick Bishop has written a gripping account of the numerous missions - by air, sea and land - to sink the battleship Tirpitz. Although in many ways this is a boy's own story Bishop underpins his narrative with insight and argument. He contrasts Churchill's obsession with naval warfare to Hitler's partial indifference. The Tirpitz is totemic in representing how air power overtook that of sea power during the 20th century.
As the author rightly points out in his excellent introduction the stories intertwined around the attempts to sink the Tirpitz are filled with courage and folly. He asks questions about strategy and tactics, whilst always having a respect for the ordinary - and extraordinary - men who carried these missions out. Bishop mixes first hand accounts, technical knowledge and good writing to produce the first great book on WWII of the year.
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By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 Jun. 2013
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Operation Source, mounted in September 1943 was a daring naval attack on the Bismarck's sister ship Tirpitz holed up in a Norwegian Fjord. Six British miniature submarines (X-Craft) were towed to Norway from Scotland. X-5, 6 & 7 were to attack the Tirpitz, X-8 the Lützow and X-9 & 10 the Scharnhorst. X-8, 9 and 10, however, failed to mount their attacks leaving the Tirpitz as the only target. X-6 and X-7 succeeded in placing their charges below the battleship before both craft had to be abandoned with six of the combined crews of eight men being rescued and taken on board the Tirpitz from where they saw X-5 destroyed at close range. To this day, it not known whether X-5 was retreating after having placed her own charges or was pressing home her attack when sunk. The commanders of X-6 (Donald Cameron) and X-7 (Godfrey Place) both received the Victoria Cross. Henty-Creer, commander of X-5, received only a Mention in Despatches - an award which remains contentious to this day!

Thought still afloat, the Tirpitz was now incapable of going to sea and would have been destroyed had the Germans attempted to tow her all the way back to Germany for repair. In the last stages of the war, she was moved to another location where she was rested on the seabed and used as a static gun battery. As such, she was eventually destroyed by RAF bombers from the Dambuster Squadron. In one RAF museum in the UK, I saw an RAF account of the sinking of this great ship which afforded no credit to those X-Craft whose deeds created a situation whereby the Tirpitz was a sitting target at the time she was finally sunk! But I digress.
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