Target Tirpitz: X-Craft, Agents and Dambusters - the Epic Quest to Destroy Hitler's Mightiest Warship

Author(s): Patrick Bishop


A gripping account of the epic hunt for Hitler,s most terrifying battleship - the legendary Tirpitz - and the brave men who risked their lives to attack and destroy this most potent symbol of the Nazi,s fearsome war machine. Tirpitz was the pride of Hitler,s navy, the largest and most powerful battleship in Europe. To Churchill, she was 'the Beast,, a menace to Britain,s supply lines and a threat to the convoys sustaining Stalin,s armies. Tirpitz was said to be unsinkable, impregnable - and she haunted the imaginations of the men directing Britain,s forces, casting an almost supernatural shadow over the war effort. No other target attracted so much attention. In total thirty-six major Allied operations were launched against the battleship. They included desperately risky missions by human torpedoes and midget submarines and near-suicidal bombing raids. Yet despite these heroic efforts, Tirpitz stayed afloat. It was not until November 1944 that she was finally destroyed by RAF Lancaster Bombers flown by 617 Squadron - the Dambusters - in a gruelling mission that tested the very limits of human endurance. The man who led the raid - Willie Tait - was one of the most remarkable figures of the war, flying missions almost continuously right from the start. Until now his deeds have been virtually unknown. With exclusive co-operation from Tait,s family, Patrick Bishop reveals the extraordinary achievement of a man who shunned the spotlight but whose name will be renowned for generations to come. The book is a magnificent, accessibly written wartime adventure - and will be snapped up by his fans, and all who have enjoyed Ben Macintyre,s Agent Zig Zag or Operation Mincemeat.


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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

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.

General Fields

  • : 9780007319244
  • : HarperCollins Publishers
  • : HarperPress
  • : May 2012
  • : 197mm X 130mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : August 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Patrick Bishop
  • : Paperback
  • : 912
  • : 940.545943
  • : 448