Night Raid

  • by Taylor Downing
  • Narrated by Gordon Griffin
  • 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The loss of British bombers over Occupied Europe began to reach alarming levels in 1941. Could it be that the Germans were using a sophisticated form of radar to direct their night fighters and anti-aircraft guns at the British bombers?
British aerial reconnaissance discovered what seemed to be a rotating radar tower on a clifftop at Bruneval, near Le Havre. The truth must be revealed. The decision was taken to launch a daring raid on the Bruneval site to try and capture the technology for further examination. The planned airborne assault would be extremely risky. The parachute regiment had only been formed a year before on Churchill's insistence. This night raid would test the men to the extreme limits of their abilities.
Night Raid tells the gripping tale of this mission from the planning stages, to the failed rehearsals when the odds seemed stacked against them, to the night of the raid itself, and the scientific secrets that were discovered thanks to the paras' precious cargo - the German radar. Its capture was of immense importance in the next stages of the war and the mission itself marked the birth of the legend of the 'Red Devils'.

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What the Critics Say

"The Bruneval Raid was the start of the airborne brotherhood. Taylor Downing's vivid account brings alive this important turning point in military history with flair and pace." (Andy McNab)

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This isn't a novel, it's a technical manual on the history of radar.
Not quite what it said on the cover.
I would recommend this book for anyone with an unhealthy interest in early radar. Err.... That's it.
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- Charles

Should be entitled 'Real Life Heroes'.

This review is brief, but salient. This book clearly, and without melodrama, shows how wars, unfortunate as they are, are won. Its not the pseudo John Wayne hero who wins in the end. It's the ordinary guys who have guile in abundance and are unquestionably brave. They are the people who will eventually triumph.

Two different types of hero are featured here. Those real life characters who show patience and determination throughout the development stage and those who throw caution to the wind (Literally) in the execution phase. Thank god people like these guys existed, who knows! Their type may yet be called upon again.
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- Ian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-05-2014
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK