'This was a secret war whose battles were lost or won unknown to the public.... No such warfare had ever been waged by mortal men.' (Winston Churchill)
Shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War, a country house called The Firs in Buckinghamshire was requisitioned by the War Office. Sentries were posted at the entrance gates, and barbed wire was strung around the perimeter fence. To local villagers it looked like a prison camp. But the truth was far more sinister. This rambling Edwardian mansion had become home to an eccentric band of scientists, inventors and bluestockings. Their task was to build devastating new weaponry that could be used against the Nazis.
Led by the gung-ho Millis Jefferis, the men and women who worked at Churchill's Toyshop, as it became known, devised many of the key weapons of the Second World War. Their prototype limpet mine made possible the Cockleshell Raid on Bordeaux Harbour. Churchill said that this one raid alone shortened the war by six months. Next they pioneered the water bomb that closed the Rhine to German shipping.
Although the team at Churchill's Toyshop proved extraordinarily adept, they were not working alone. Other country houses were also requisitioned and handed over to the specialists. Some focused on developing new weapons; some planned sabotage missions in occupied Europe; some became training schools for agents. But all were working towards a common goal: the destruction of the Nazi war machine. Collectively they were known as the Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.
©2016 Giles Milton (P)2016 John Murray Press
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takes a while to come together but fascinating and good to hear real side to events that lead to a few classic movies such as where eagles dare
Absolutely fantastic well paced and very interesting. A must for any fan of military history.
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"Underhand and Devious"
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Jonathan Keeble has a voice that lends gravitas and respect to his performance.
"Fantastic look at the Britain's WW2 secret warfare exploits"
This book is both an excellent story in telling the action of our secret warfare technics and exploits. The book is totally captivating through telling the tails of great ideas and leaps in military capabilities told through the personal story of those who made it happen.
"Brilliant listen on every level."
One of my favourite non fiction books.
Finding out facts I knew nothing about regarding events during WWII
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The ending, the realisation of what these men and women had actually done!
This will appeal to the fiction and non-fiction lovers alike. The story is real and the characters are brought to life beautifully too.
Just really really interesting boys and girls own history of politics, technology and personal selflessness. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this and will do so again.
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