Night Raid : The True Story of the First Victorious British Para Raid of WWII
by Taylor Downing
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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The loss of British bombers in the occupied territories of Europe began to reach alarming levels in 1941.Could it be that the Germans were using a sophisticated form of radar to direct their night hunt and anti-aircraft guns to British bombers?British air reconnaissance discovered what appeared to be a rotation of the radar tower on a cliff at Bruneval, near Le Havre.The truth must be revealedThe decision was made to launch a bold raid on the Bruneval site to try capture and technology for further examinationThe planned airborne assault would be extremely risky.The parachute regiment was formed a year before Churchill’s insistence that the parachutist regiment was formed.This nocturnal raid would test men at the extreme limit of their abilities.Night Raid tells the exciting tale of this mission, the planning, the failure of rehearsals where chances seemed stacked up against them, in the night of the raid itself, and the secret scientist who were discovered thanks to the paras “precious cargo – German radar”.Its capture is of immense importance in the next stages of the war and mission that marked the birth of the legend of the “Red Devils”.
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