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A Game of Birds and Wolves: The Secret Game that Revolutionised the War

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ISBN: 9781529353211
AuthorParkin, Simon
Pub Date05/11/2020
BindingPaperback
Pages320
CountryGBR
Dewey940.548641
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Quick overview A gripping tale of war at sea about how a game of battleships, and a group of exceptional young women, won the Second World War.
€13.04

'Compelling' Sunday Times

'A triumph' Daily Mirror

'Gripping' Jonathan Dimbleby

1941. The Battle of the Atlantic is a disaster. Thousands of supply ships ferrying vital food and fuel from North America to Britain are being torpedoed by German U-boats. Britain is only weeks away from starvation - and with that, crushing defeat.

In the first week of 1942 a group of unlikely heroes - a retired naval captain and a clutch of brilliant young women - gather to form a secret strategy unit. On the top floor of a bomb-bruised HQ in Liverpool, the Western Approaches Tactical Unit spends days and nights designing and playing wargames in an effort to crack the U-boat tactics. As the U-boat wolfpacks continue to prey upon the supply ships, the Wrens race against time to save Britain.
With novelistic flair, investigative journalist Simon Parkin shines a light on Operation Raspberry and these unsung heroines in this riveting true story of war at sea.

'History writing at its best' Booklist

'Splendid . . . Simon Parkin's book rips along at full sail and is full of personality and personalities'
Sunday Express

'Vivid, engaging' New Yorker

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'Compelling' Sunday Times

'A triumph' Daily Mirror

'Gripping' Jonathan Dimbleby

1941. The Battle of the Atlantic is a disaster. Thousands of supply ships ferrying vital food and fuel from North America to Britain are being torpedoed by German U-boats. Britain is only weeks away from starvation - and with that, crushing defeat.

In the first week of 1942 a group of unlikely heroes - a retired naval captain and a clutch of brilliant young women - gather to form a secret strategy unit. On the top floor of a bomb-bruised HQ in Liverpool, the Western Approaches Tactical Unit spends days and nights designing and playing wargames in an effort to crack the U-boat tactics. As the U-boat wolfpacks continue to prey upon the supply ships, the Wrens race against time to save Britain.
With novelistic flair, investigative journalist Simon Parkin shines a light on Operation Raspberry and these unsung heroines in this riveting true story of war at sea.

'History writing at its best' Booklist

'Splendid . . . Simon Parkin's book rips along at full sail and is full of personality and personalities'
Sunday Express

'Vivid, engaging' New Yorker

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