The Underwater Raid on
by Peter Howard
Ian Allan Publishing
S u m m a r y
The Underwater Raid on the Tirpitz
by Peter Howard
Ian Allan Publishing.
||96 pages plus card
cover, 125 black and white photos, 11 diagrams.
£16.99 available online from Ian Allen Publishing
informative and easy to read text, many unpublished B&W photos, diagrams
and maps to illustrate subject.
Reviewed by Glen Porter
The Underwater Raid on the Tirpitz is available online from
remember years ago seeing the British made movie of the attack on the
Tirpitz by the X-Craft Submarines, “Above Us The Waves”.
This new book by Peter Howard from Ian Allan Publishing is the first
contact I've had with that story since then. The only aspect of the
movie I can remember was that one of the subs got caught under the hull
of the Tirpitz by the outgoing tide. The crew only just got out before
the massive weight of the battleship crushed the submarine against the
bottom. So imagine my surprise to find this was a figment of someone
movie maker’s imagination. I didn't realise the British film industry
indulged in that kind of “Artistic License”… shades of “Pearl Harbour”
With no Foreword or Introduction, the author leaps straight into Chapter
1 with the building of the Tirpitz and the problems it caused the
British War Cabinet. There are many rare photos of the ship being built
and up to the time of the attack but the text is quite short. Chapter 2
covers the design, building and testing of the X-craft midget subs, and
the men involved with again many good photos and a schematic drawing of
the production X-craft. Next comes the plan, Operation “Source”. Which
submarines, crews and how will they get there?
Chapter 4 concerns itself with the attack. Of the six boats involved and
42 crewmen, all subs were lost but 33 of the 42 crew survived. The crews
are the subject of chapter 5. They were so successful that the X-craft
are considered the most cost effective sumarines ever built.
Chapter 6, the final chapter, covers the air attacks and final
destruction of Tirpitz.
The book is presented in an easy to read style and there are many maps
and diagrams to further illustrate the text. The loss of X9 enroute with
its transit crew is discussed plus the search for the remains of X5,
lost in the attack but never found.
This has got to be one of the most interesting books I've read in a long
time and for an avid reader like me, that's saying something.
Thanks to Simon from DLS Publishing for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2006 by Glen Porter
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