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For much of the war, the German battleship "Tirpitz" was operational in Norwegian waters. If the Russian convoys were not to be threatened or disrupted, "Tirpitz" had to be destroyed or rendered inoperative. Located behind strong defences within Norwegian fjords, "Tirpitz" was to be the target of one of the most audacious raids planned by the Royal Navy during the war. Operation Source, of September 1943, involved the despatch of six midget submarines against the warship as it lay in Altafjord. Of these, two were lost in transit, but the remaining four all reached the fjord. Unfortunately, only two were able to breach the net defences that surrounded "Tirpitz", but the mines that were placed against the warship's hull caused so much damage that the ship was unable to return to operational duties until March 1944. Of the officers that served on board the midget submarines, two were awarded the Victoria Cross, whilst other medals awarded included two DSOs and a Conspicuous Gallantry Medal.
The book recounts the complete story of this daring raid in a gripping narrative which is enhanced by many illustrations.
  • AUTHOR: Howard, P
  • FORMAT: 96pp 150 Bw/col 303x226 Pb
  • Code: 21217

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