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Tirpitz: Hunting the Beast (Paperback, New edition)

By Sweetman, John

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The battleship Tirpitz, hiding in Norwegian fjords, remained a menace to Allied convoys and tied down the British Home Fleet for three years. This is a comprehensive account of the air attacks on 'the beast', the result of research of the British and German records by the author,... read full description below.

ISBN 9780750937559
Barcode 9780750937559
Published 14 October 2004 by The History Press Ltd
Format Paperback, New edition
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ISBN-13 9780750937559
ISBN-10 0750937556
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced on backorder; allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher The History Press Ltd
Imprint The History Press Ltd
Publication Date 14 October 2004
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Sweetman, John
Category World History: Second World War
European History
Military History
Air Forces & Warfare
Battles & Campaigns
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 10mm
Weight 240g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress World War, 1939-1945 - Naval operations, German, Tirpitz (Battleship), Tirpitz (Battleship)
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 940.544941
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

The German battleships Bismarck and Tirpitz had brutally short careers. The Bismarck was sunk by the Home Fleet on her first operational sortie in May 1941. But the Tirpitz, hiding in Norwegian fjords, remained a menace to Allied convoys and tied down the British Home Fleet for three years. Periodic scares that the Tirpitz was 'out' disrupted naval operations and in 1942 led to the dispersal and destruction of Convoy PQ17. Many attacks on the Tirpitz were made by British X-craft and Chariots, by the Fleet Air Arm and by RAF Bomber Command. From May 1940 over 700 British aircraft tried to bomb, mine or torpedo the Tirpitz on 33 separate missions; she was finally destroyed by Lancaster bombers with 5-ton Tallboy bombs. This is the most comprehensive account of the air attacks on 'the beast' ever published, which is the result of extensive research of the British and German records by the author, former head of Defence and International Affairs at RMA Sandhurst.

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Author's Bio

John Sweetman is an Honorary Research Fellow at Keele University and former Head of Defence and International Affairs at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He now works as an historical consultant and is the author of several books on aviation and military subjects.

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