Audacious Missions of World War II

Daring Acts of Bravery Revealed Through Letters and Documents from the Time

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A series of daring missions from World War II, revealed through letters and documents from the main protagonists.

Winning World War II was about more than military force. It required guile, and tremendous acts of bravery by Special Forces and intelligence operatives who had the odds stacked against them. Using hundreds of documents and images from The National Archives, including some that have never been seen in print before, this book reveals some of World War II's most audacious missions.

These include Operation Anthropoid, the plot to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich in Czechoslovakia in 1942, Operation Chariot, the attempt to damage the mighty German warship Tirpitz while she was in dock in St-Nazaire in France; and Operation Mincemeat, a complex plot whereby a corpse, replete with documentation designed to mislead the enemy, was dropped in southern Spain to spread misinformation.

Table of Contents


Part One: Combined Operations

Operation Claymore
Operation Archery
Operation Anklet
Operation Biting
Operation Chariot
Operation Jubilee
Operation VP 101 (Barbara)

Part Two: Special Operations Executive Missions
Operation Postmaster
Operation Anthropoid
Operation Harling
Operations Grouse/Swallow, Freshman and Gunnerside
The Abduction of General Kreipe
Operation Foxley
Operation Longshanks

Part Three: Royal Navy Missions
Operation Source
The Sinking of the Bismarck

Part Four: Royal Air Force Missions
Operation Market Garden
Operation Chastise
Operation Catechism
Operation Crossbow

Part Five: Special Missions
Operation Mincemeat
Operation Totalise

Military Abbreviations

Product details

Published Jan 23 2020
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 216
ISBN 9781472829948
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Fully illustrated throughout
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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