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SAS Shadow Raiders

The Ultra-Secret Mission That Changed the Course of WWII
Narrated by: Matt Bates
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: History, Military
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Summary

The incredible story of the radar wars: Britain's most secret battle.  

In the winter of 1941 an alien-seeming object was captured in a death-defying dash by an RAF reconnaissance pilot flying a lone unarmed Spitfire across the French coast. Balanced upon the cliffs near Le Havre was what appeared to be a giant convex dish, directed across the Channel at the war-torn British coastline.  

With Britain's cities being pounded by fearsome bombing raids, teams of experts studied the photograph worriedly. Might the dish constitute a highly secret form of radar - one that had the capacity to tip the balance of the war decisively in the enemy's favour? If so, Nazi Germany would have leapfrogged British technology many-fold.  

A top-secret mission was devised to steal what had become known as the 'Wurzburg Dish' after Enigma intercepted coded German messages. Appropriately christened Operation Biting, this was to be the first-ever Allied raid using airborne forces. Commanded by legendary Major John 'Johnny' Frost, he demanded blind loyalty from his band of piratical raiders. 'A wild crew...they looked horrible,' he admitted. Each and every rehearsal had proved disastrous; it was a suicide mission in all but name.  

On the French coast agents of the Special Operations Executive - Churchill's shadowy ministry for ungentlemanly warfare - risked all to map the target's defences. At the 11th hour, two unwelcome additions joined Frosts' crew. One was a shadowy German cloaked in mystery, the other a British radar specialist who could not be allowed to fall into enemy hands.   

Relying on files declassified for the purposes of writing this book, eyewitness testimony and working with the families of key figures involved, Lewis reveals an untold epic of daring, ruthless rule-breaking and ferocity, coupled with bravery and ingenuity beyond measure. The results of Operation Biting would resonate throughout the war and beyond, changing the course of 20th-century history. 

©2019 Damien Lewis (P)2019 Quercus Editions Limited

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Stick with it

Takes a while to get going but once it dose it’s worth it! Another great book from this Author!

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Can not put this down

Another brilliant book by Damien Lewis, I love reading these SAS stories, the history of the Regiment is brilliant, proper rough tough, intelligent and humorous men who faced fear and in many cases laughed in the face of danger, this is the fourth book from Damien that I have read, hard books to put down once started.

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great listening and accurate to the end.

great listening and enjoyable to the end detail in the right place and well narrated

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Brilliant Book

what an amazing true story of heroism, daring and courage. Damien Lewis never fails to hold the reader/listener in the grip of the story. Excellently written and researched.

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Extraordinary

I don't give five stars very often. I am approaching 100 audiobooks in my library now and few come close to this story. Perhaps because it is factual and based on accounts of the actual SAS members, you feel involved in it and care about the characters. One of best audiobooks on offer.

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Fabulous

We owe so much to so few, thank you. A fascinating account of the birth of the special forces.

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True life war adventures

One of the best and most exciting war stories I’ve listened to. Narrated at an excellent pace.

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A joy to listen too

An important reminder of the bravery of so few for so many. Also revealing to learn of the importance of the Scottish Regiments jocks who were pivotal in its success and how this changed the outcome of the war.

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Brave Tough Men Red Devils

Yet again Damien Lewis tells a gripping account of brave men who turned the course of the War. It is good to hear that Operation Colossus was a success. Airborne Warriors Red Devils. Highly Recommend this book....

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running out of good stories

It is not an exciting read, his last 2 books lack a good story. This sounds more like a documentary than a brave SAS story. He includes the story of Operation Colossus, which is more interesting than the main story. He may have run out of good stories. His first books were great.

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  • 16-04-20

A terrific war time thriller

Terrific story, research and narration. It was a real shame when I came to the end... I could have listened and marvelled at the story for easily another 6 hrs.