The Hunt for Hitler's Warship

The Hunt for Hitler's Warship

by Patrick Bishop

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621572909
Publisher: Regnery History
Publication date: 05/04/2015
Series: World War II Collection Series
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 1,206,096
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Patrick Bishop has emerged in the last decade as one of Britain’s best-regarded military historians with his books Fighter Boys and Bomber Boys , which cast a new light on the men who flew in the Battle of Britain and the Strategic Air Campaign.

He has also led the field in contemporary accounts of the experiences of British troops fighting in southern Afghanistan. His 3 Para told the story of the initial break-in battle in Helmand in 2006 and won the British Army Military Book of the Year Award. He joined the Paras on their return to southern Afghanistan in 2008 and produced a sequel, Ground Truth.

His writing is underpinned by first-hand knowledge of warfare gained during a long career as a foreign correspondent. He has followed British soldiers on almost all their deployments of the last thirty years from the Falklands to Afghanistan.

He is also the author of two novels, A Good War and Follow Me Home , which has been described as ‘the first great novel of the Afghan war.’(Major Chris Hunter).

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