The Hunt for Hitler's Warship

The Hunt for Hitler's Warship

by Patrick Bishop
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The Hunt for Hitler's Warship by Patrick Bishop

Winston Churchill called it "the Beast." It was said to be unsinkable. More than thirty military operations failed to destroy it. Eliminating the Tirpitz, Hitler's mightiest warship, a 52,000-ton behemoth, became an Allied obsession.

In The Hunt for Hitler's Warship, Patrick Bishop tells the epic story of the men who would not rest until the Tirpitz lay at the bottom of the sea. In November of 1944, with the threat to Russian supply lines increasing and Allied forces needing reinforcements in the Pacific, a raid as audacious as any Royal Air Force operation of the war was launched, under the command of one of Britain's greatest but least-known war heroes, Wing Commander Willie Tait.

Patrick Bishop draws on decades of experience as a foreign war correspondent to paint a vivid picture of this historic clash of the Royal Air Force's Davids versus Hitler's Goliath of naval engineering. Readers will not be able to put down this account of one of World War II's most dramatic showdowns.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621570691
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Publication date: 04/08/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 638,367
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Patrick Bishop was born in London and went to Wimbledon College and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Before joining the Telegraph he worked on the Evening Standard, the Observer and the Sunday Times and in television as a reporter on Channel Four News. He is the author with John Witherow of Battle for the Falklands based on their own experiences and with Eamon Mallie of The Provisional IRA which was praised as the first authoritative account of the modern IRA. He also wrote a memoir of the first Gulf War, Famous Victory and a history of the Irish diaspora The Irish Empire, based on the TV series which he devised.

Table of Contents

Maps and Illustrations ix

Ranks of the Kriegsmarine xx

Prologue xxi

Chapter 1 The Belly of the Beast 1

Chapter 2 Wilhelmshaven, Saturday, April 1, 1939 9

Chapter 3 Swordfish 19

Chapter 4 Trondheim 43

Chapter 5 "A Wonderful Chance" 67

Chapter 6 "A Somewhat Desperate Venture" 89

Chapter 7 Smoke and Fog 107

Chapter 8 Provoking Nemesis 125

Chapter 9 "A Heart-Shaking" Decision 147

Chapter 10 A Ha'Porth of Tar 163

Chapter 11 The Iron Castle 191

Chapter 12 Enter the Lion 207

Chapter 13 Madmen 227

Chapter 14 The Great Adventure 255

Chapter 15 A "Bloody Great Bang" 269

Chapter 16 North Cape 291

Chapter 17 Tungsten 311

Chapter 18 The Third Man 335

Chapter 19 "My God Mac, They've Had It Today" 361

Epilogue 391

Acknowledgments 397

Notes 399

Index 413

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The Hunt for Hitler's Warship 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good reading but perhaps a little boring with some sections not related to the story.
Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
The Hunt for Hitler’s War­ship by Patrick Bishop is a non-fiction book about the attempts of the allies to sink the Ger­man bat­tle­ship Tir­pitz dur­ing World War II. This is a great book for World War II buffs, naval his­to­ri­ans or those inter­ested in naval tech­ni­cal developments. Patrick Bishop wrote an inter­est­ing book about the allies’ obses­sion with sink­ing the Tir­pitz even though she was mostly inac­tive dur­ing the war. It seemed to me the Tirpitz’s great­est con­tri­bu­tion dur­ing the war was to divert huge amounts of allied resources. Mr. Bishop’s book is also a fas­ci­nat­ing look at the naval his­tory of the North Sea dur­ing World War II. This is a dense and detailed book on a sub­ject I knew very lit­tle about and found the dynam­ics and war pol­i­tics within the British Navy fascinating. The author did a great job explain­ing how the Nimitz fright­ened the allies with her size and fire­power, but was also a lia­bil­ity for the Ger­mans with the resources she demanded to oper­ate. A fas­ci­nat­ing sec­tion of the book dis­cusses the new weapons and train­ing (such as human tor­pe­does and small sub­marines) which the allies invented. Men have strug­gled and even died dur­ing those mis­sions and some­times didn’t even know if they succeeded. I did feel the book could have used a bit of spac­ing between para­graphs to cre­ate a phys­i­cal sep­a­ra­tion of sec­tions. For exam­ple, sev­eral pages could talk about Churchill or the allies, while the next para­graph talks about the cap­tain of the Tir­pitz with­out the usual 1” space. It’s a small com­plaint but I had to go and re-read sev­eral para­graphs to make sure I didn’t miss anything. The book does an excel­lent job cap­tur­ing the mood and his­tory of the time, com­plete with maps show­ing move­ments of troops and ships. Churchill’s con­sum­ing infat­u­a­tion of the Tir­pitz is what put the ship in the his­tory books; oth­er­wise she might have been a foot­note as she spent most of the war anchored. Dis­claimer: I got this book for free
Anonymous More than 1 year ago