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The story of the battleship Tirpitz - Bismarck’s sister ship - and the
desperate Allied efforts to destroy it. After the Royal Navy’s bloody high seas
campaign to kill the mighty Bismarck, the Allies were left with an uncomfortable
truth - the German behemoth had a twin sister. Slightly larger than her sibling,
the Tirpitz was equally capable of destroying any other battleship afloat, as
well as wreak havoc on Allied troop and supply convoys. For the next three and a
half years the Allies launched a variety of attacks to remove Germany’s last
serious surface threat. The Germans, however, had learned not to pit their super
battleships against the strength of the entire Home Fleet outside the range of
protecting aircraft. Thus they kept Tirpitz hidden within fjords along the
Norwegian coast, forcing the British to assume the offensive. This strategy paid
dividends in July 1942 when the Tirpitz stirred from its berth, compelling the
Royal Navy to abandon a Murmansk-bound convoy in order to confront the
leviathan. The convoy was ripped apart by the Germans, while the Tirpitz
returned to its fjord. Trying an indirect approach, the British launched one of
the war’s most daring commando raids - at St. Nazaire - in order to knock out
the last drydock in Europe capable of servicing the Tirpitz. Of over 600
commandos and sailors in the raid, more than half were lost during an all-night
battle that succeeded, at least, in knocking out the drydock. It was not until
November 1944 that the Tirpitz finally succumbed to British aircraft armed with
10,000-lb Tallboy bombs, the ship capsizing at last with the loss of 1,000
  • AUTHOR: Zetterling/Tamelander
  • FORMAT: 256pp 30 Bw 228x152 Hb
  • Code: 23270

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