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The Peenemünde Raid (Paperback)

The Night of 17–18 August 1943

Aviation World War Two Aviation

By Martin Middlebrook
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781844153367
Published: 30th May 2014
Expected Re-release Date: 30th November 2018

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On the night of 17-18 August 1943, RAF Bomber Command attacked a remote research establishment on the German Baltic coast. The site was Peenemünde, where Hitler's scientists were developing both the V-1 flying bomb and the V-2 rocket whose destructive powers could have swung the course of the War. The raid was meticulously planned and hopes were high. But the night sky was so cloudless that the British bombers presented an easy target for German night fighters, and over 40 were lost. Martin Middlebrook draws on the memories of over 400 people involved in the dramatic events on that night: RAF and Luftwaffe aircrew, German personnel at the research site and foreign labourers who had been forced to work there. The result is a truly compelling account of this hazardous attempt to disrupt Hitler's V-weapons programme.

Operation Hydra – the air raid on Peenemünde – was the most prominent example of scientists’ war: based on analysis of intelligence gaining from Resistance sources inside the Third Reich and interpretation of photographs delivered by fast-developing air reconnaissance, aiming against highly secret research and evaluation centre, where weapon which could decisively move the scale of World War II to Axis were designed and tested. The entire force of RAF Bomber Command using its last technical (Windows) and tactical (Master Bomber, time and distance bombing run) innovations was thrown in a “press on regardless” attempt to destroy small research facility whose inhabitants worked day and night to deliver their Fuehrer the “retaliation weapon” – V-1 pilotless bombs and V-2 rockets.

Martin Middlebrook, author of “The Peenemünde Raid”, made a real masterpiece gathering the fascinating memoirs of participants of that memorable events (Allied and German) and meticulously studying archive documents. His book is an invaluable part of history of Strategic Bomber Offensive.

Mykhaylo Akimov

About Martin Middlebrook

Martin Middlebrook needs no introduction. Author of 16 books, including The First Day on the Somme, he is well known for his detailed research and clarity of style. His books include The Peenemunde Raid; Your Country Needs You, (both Pen and Sword Books), Task Force: The Falklands War and The Fight for the Malvinas.

Martin's late wife Mary Middlebrook played an active part cooperating with her husband’s literary activities, particularly with photography and artwork.

The Peenemünde Raid

17th August 1943

On the night of August 17th 1943, RAF Bomber Command attacked a remote research establishment on the German Baltic coast. The site was Peenemünde, where Hitler's scientists were developing both the V-1 flying bomb and the V-2 rocket whose destructive powers could have swung the course of the War.


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