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Operation Crossbow: The Untold Story of the Search for Hitler's Secret Weapons

Operation Crossbow: The Untold Story of the Search for Hitler's Secret Weapons (EPUB ebook)

By Williams, Allan

Tells the story of the aerial reconnaissance operation at Medmenham in Buckinghamshire, also known as MI4, which is one of the great lost stories of World War Two.

ISBN 9781409051732
Barcode 9781409051732
Published 30 May 2013 by Random House
Available in EPUB format
Software Adobe Ebook Compatible Devices
Language en

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ISBN-13 9781409051732
ISBN-10 1409051730
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher Random House
Imprint Preface Digital
Publication Date 30 May 2013
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format EPUB ebook
Author(s) By Williams, Allan
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: General
True Stories: War / Combat / Elite Forces
World History
World History: Second World War
British & Irish History
British & Irish history: from c 1900 -
Military History
Politics & Government
Fascism & Nazism
Espionage & Secret Services
Civil War
Battles & Campaigns
Technology, Engineering & Agriculture
Number of Pages 496
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress HISTORY / Military / General, World War, 1939-1945 - Reconnaissance operations, British, Aerial reconnaissance, British - History - 20th century, Aerial observation Military science - History - 20th century - Great Britain, V-1 bomb - History
NBS Text True Military / Combat Stories
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 940.548641
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Electronic Book

The story of the photographic intelligence work undertaken from a country house at Medmenham, Buckinghamshire, is one of the great lost stories of the Second World War . At its peak in 1944, almost 2,000 British and American men and women worked at the top-secret Danesfield House, interpreting photographs - the majority stereoscopic so they could be viewed in 3D - to unlock secrets of German military activity and weapons development. Millions of aerial photographs were taken by Allied pilots, flying unarmed modified Spitfires and Mosquitos on missions over Nazi Europe. it was said that an aircraft could land, the photographs be developed and initial interpretation completed within two hours - marking the culmination of years of experiments in aerial intelligence techniques.Their finest hour began in 1943, during the planning stages of the Allied invasion of Europe, when Douglas Kendall, who masterminded the interpretation work at Medmenham, led the hunt for Hitler's secret weapons. Operation Crossbow would grow from a handful of photographic interpreters to the creation of a hand-picked team, and came to involve interpreters from across the Medmenham spectrum, including the team of aircraft specialists led by the redoubtable Constance Babington Smith. In November that year, whilst analysing photographs of Peenemunde in northern Germany, they spotted a small stunted aircraft on a ramp. This intelligence breakthrough linked the Nazi research station with a growing network of sites in northern France, where ramps were being constructed aligned not only with London, but targets throughout southern Britain.Through the combined skill and dedication of the Crossbow team and the heroism of the Allied pilots, throughout late 1943 and 1944 V-weapon launch sites were located and through countermeasures destroyed, saving hundreds of thousands of lives, and changing the course of the war.Operation Crossbow is a wonderful story of human endeavour and derring-do, told for the first time.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A fascinating and scholarly account of a secret slideshow of the war.

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Author's Bio

Allan Williams is the curator of the National Collection of Aerial Photography (NCAP), which holds over 10 million aerial photographs from Medmenham that record many key moments of Second World War history. A leading authority on the history of aerial photography, Allan undertook much of the research for the landmark BBC documentary Operation Crossbow, in conjunction with the Medmenham Collection, which protects and encourages work on the Medmenham legacy. He lives in Edinburgh.

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