- The True Story of the First Victorious British Para Raid of WWII
- Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
- Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 05-01-14
- Language: English
- Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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British aerial reconnaissance discovered what seemed to be a rotating radar tower on a clifftop at Bruneval, near Le Havre. The truth must be revealed. The decision was taken to launch a daring raid on the Bruneval site to try and capture the technology for further examination. The planned airborne assault would be extremely risky. The parachute regiment had only been formed a year before on Churchill's insistence. This night raid would test the men to the extreme limits of their abilities.
Night Raid tells the gripping tale of this mission from the planning stages, to the failed rehearsals when the odds seemed stacked against them, to the night of the raid itself, and the scientific secrets that were discovered thanks to the paras' precious cargo - the German radar. Its capture was of immense importance in the next stages of the war and the mission itself marked the birth of the legend of the 'Red Devils'.
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By Matthew on 10-31-14
Job Well Done Red Devils!
I loved the audio sample and I got this book based on the historical significance, the narration and the telling of story in the sample.
Knowing that Audible usually picks a juicy snippet for the sample I knew I needed to be patient and give the book a chance to develop. It starts out a little dry with just a bit too much technical minutia and historical biographies about characters. However, by the time I reached chapter 3 (and the chapters actually follow the screen display in this book) I was thinking "enough already get to the point", but I decided to hang on for one more chapter. I'm very glad I did. The book picked up speed and I could hardly stop listening after that point. One of the faster finishes I've had.
I would strongly urge you get this book if you like WW II history and a healthy does of technical details. It is a fascinating story of technology, spying, perseverance in the face of adversity and courage. While I'm not sure if I will listen to it again I absolutely enjoyed the first time. Gordon Griffin has gone down on my top ten list of great narrators.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Daniel on 05-03-15
History of the Red Devils
What did you love best about Night Raid?
Very thorough background on the reasons for the raid along with the planning and preparation
What did you like best about this story?
Most histories on WWII only look at US involvement. This book covers several events that predate 12/07/1941.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Nucleargaz on 03-02-18
After parachuting onto the Bruneval DZ in Feb 2013 and looking around Lone House (what’s left of it!) and the Freya site nearby I can say that Taylor Downings book has filled in the blanks in a thoroughly accurate entertaining way!
By Charles on 11-05-16
This isn't a novel, it's a technical manual on the history of radar.
Not quite what it said on the cover.
I would recommend this book for anyone with an unhealthy interest in early radar. Err.... That's it.