Max Hastings Operation Biting recensie, en review boek over The 1942 Parachute Assault to Capture Hitler’s Radar. Op 23 mei 2024 verschijnt bij uitgeverij William Collins het nieuwste boek van de Engelse historicus Max Hastings. Hier lees je informatie over de inhoud van het boek, de schrijver en over de uitgave. Er is nog geen Nederlandse vertaling van het boek verkrijgbaar of aangekondigd.

Max Hastings Operation Biting recensie en review

Als er in de media een boekbespreking, review of recensie verschijnt van Operations Biting, het nieuwe boek over gebeurtenissen tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog, geschreven door Max Hastings, dan besteden we er op deze pagina aandacht aan.

Max Hastings Operation Biting

Operation Biting

The 1942 Parachute Assault to Capture Hitler’s Radar

  • Auteur: Max Hastings (Engeland)
  • Soort boek: oorlogsgeschiedenis
  • Taal: Engels
  • Uitgever: William Collins
  • Verschijnt: 23 mei 2024
  • Omvang: 384 pagina’s
  • Uitgave: gebonden boek / ebook
  • Prijs: € 24,00
  • Boek bestellen bij: Amazon / Bol

Flaptekst van het nieuwe boek van historicus Max Hastings

Operation Biting was one of the most thrilling British commando raids of World War II, and probably the most successful.

In February 1942 RAF intelligence was baffled by a newly-identified radar network on the coast of Nazi-occupied Europe, codenamed Würzburg. The brilliant scientist Dr RV Jones proposed an assault to capture key components. The nearest accessible enemy set stood upon a steep cliff at Bruneval in Normandy. Winston Churchill enthused, as did Lord Louis Mountbatten, chief of Combined Operations. A company of the newly-formed Airborne Forces was committed to the operation, which took place on the night of 27/28 February. Amid heavy snow 120 men landed, some of whom were misdropped almost two miles from their objective. They nonetheless launched the assault, dismantled the German radar, and after three nail-biting hours in France and a fierce battle with Wehrmacht defenders, escaped in the nick of time by landing-craft across stormy seas to Portsmouth.

Max Hastings recounts this cliffhanging tale in a wealth of previously unchronicled detail. He portrays its remarkable personalities: the ‘boffin’ RV Jones; the peacock Mountbatten; the troubled husband of Daphne Du Maurier, Gen. ’Boy’ Browning, who commanded the Airborne Division; ‘Colonel Remy’, the French secret agent whose men reconnoitered Bruneval at mortal risk; Major John Frost, who led the paras into action; Charlie Cox, the little RAF technician who stripped the Würzburg and became an unexpected hero; Wing-Commander Charles Pickard, a legendary bomber pilot who led the drop squadron. Seldom have so many fascinating personalities been brought together to fulfil a mission that became a front-page triumph in a season of British defeats.

Recounted in Hastings’ familiar best-selling blend of top-down and bottom-up action detail, Operation Biting tells a story that has become almost forgotten yet deserves to rank among the epic tales of courage and daring that took place in the greatest conflict in history.

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