The Second World War saw a host of heroic raids enacted across the various theatres, all delivered valiantly by British combatants; on land, by sea and from the air. Daring exploits such as the raid on Rommel’s North African HQ, the endeavours of the Cockleshell Heroes in France and the daring Dam Busters attack have become legendary in the annals of warfare. All feature here, alongside details of fascinating lesser-known operations.
It goes without saying that not all the raids were a success; in fact, some went disastrously wrong but the men who carried them out did so with extreme courage and in the knowledge that they might not return. Here, Peter Jacobs tells the gripping stories of some of the most heroic raids of the entire conflict. These include the disastrous landings at Dieppe; the amphibious assault on the dry dock at St Nazaire (more Victoria Crosses were won during this raid than in any other operation of the war); the airborne assaults on the German radar installation at Bruneval, and later on Pegasus Bridge as a prelude to D-Day; and the low-level raid by RAF Mosquitos on the prison at Amiens to release members of the French Resistance.
DARING RAIDS OF WORLD WAR TWO Heroic Land, Sea and Air Attacks
British raids on Axis strongpoints by land, sea and air were an outstanding feature of the Second World War. This enthralling volume tells the stories of these astonishing feats, successful and disastrous, including Dieppe, the Dambusters, the Cockleshell heroes, St Nazaire, Bruneval and Pegasus Bridge.