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A Game of Birds and Wolves: The Secret Game that Revolutionised the War

A Game of Birds and Wolves: The Secret Game that Revolutionised the War (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Parkin, Simon

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1942. Liverpool. The war isn't going to plan. Distinguished Admiral Sir Max Horton is in the game room on his knees commanding a fleet of toy German U-boats. Behind a curtain his unknown opponent is manoeuvring the toy British battleships. Five times the pair have played the game... and five times Horton's U-boats have suffered defeat. Exasperated, he demands to know his enemy. And from behind the curtain steps a fresh-faced seventeen-year-old woman. This is the story of the game of battleships that won the Second World War. It tells the story of the unlikely heroes of the Western Approaches Tactical Unit - a retired naval captain and eight young women - whose eureka moment cracked the battle of the Atlantic. It features cameos from a war-ravaged Churchill and an exceptional Nazi mastermind submariner, and takes us from the sweaty fug of German U-boat U48 as it torpedoes a British evacuee ship, to the tense atmosphere of the wartime strategy room. The story of Operation Raspberry and its unsung heroines has never been told before. Investigative journalist Simon Parkin brings these hidden figures into the light in this gripping tale of war at sea.
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ISBN 9781529353044
Released NZ 12 Nov 2019
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781529353044
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Imprint Sceptre
Released 12 Nov 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Parkin, Simon
Category World History: Second World War
Maritime History
Military History
Naval Forces & Warfare
Defence Strategy, Planning & Research
Battles & Campaigns
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 232mm
Spine: 30mm
Dewey Code 940.548641
Weight 420g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress World War, 1939-1945 - Military intelligence - Great Britain, World War, 1939-1945 - Campaigns - Atlantic Ocean, World War, 1939-1945 - Naval operations - Submarine
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly