Zeebrugge. Eleven VCs Before Breakfast

Pitt Barrie

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Cover Type: Softcover
Book Condition: Fine
Jacket Condition: None Issued
Publisher: Cassell
Publisher Place: London
Publisher Year: 2003
Edition: Reprint

Description: 239 pages. Book appears to have hardly been read and is in Fine condition throughout.

Publishers Description: On 23 April 1918 British warships raided the Belgian port of Zeebrugge. Their objective: to sink blockships in the mouth of the canal, stopping German U-boats from using it as a base. The men were all volunteers and knew they were unlikely to survive the storm of fire from the German batteries. They werent wrong. The scenes in Zeebrugge harbour that morning made SAVING PRIVATE RYAN look like a playground squabble: not for nothing were eleven VCs awarded, not to mention 21 DSOs and 29 DSCs. It is the ultimate example of an heroic failure: the gallantry was unsurpassed, but the odds were too fearful. The obstructions were removed and the U-boats continued to operate that summer. This incredible story was written by Barrie Pitt at the height of his powers - a graphic page-turner that does full justice to a night of exceptional heroism. Fully indexed. Author Biography: Barrie Pitt is one of the best popular military historians ever published. He saw active service in both Europe and the Middle East. He edited the partwork History of the Second World War and was editor-in-chief of Ballantines Illustrated History of WWII.

ISBN: 9781407214597


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