• Night Raid

  • The True Story of the First Victorious British Para Raid of WWII
  • By: Taylor Downing
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-01-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (42 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The loss of British bombers over Occupied 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 fighters and anti-aircraft guns at the British bombers?
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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Critic Reviews

"The Bruneval Raid was the start of the airborne brotherhood. Taylor Downing's vivid account brings alive this important turning point in military history with flair and pace." (Andy McNab)
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5 out of 5 stars
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.

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5 out of 5 stars
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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nucleargaz on 03-02-18

Spellbinding !

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!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Charles on 11-05-16

Not Suitable

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.

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