Six raids that changed the course of history.
Operation Judgement: one of the most spectacular efforts of World War Two, where obsolete British biplanes attacked the Italian fleet in Taranto. Operation Archery: the first true combined operation carried out by all three British forces. This successful raid persuaded Hitler that the Allies were planning a full-scale invasion. Operation Biting: a cross-Channel raid into France that was the first major attack by the British Airborne Division and its first battle honour. Operation Gunnerside: a dramatic demolition assault on Hitler's atomic bomb plant in Norway. Operation Chariot - "the greatest raid of all": the British amphibious attack on the Normandy dry dock at St Nazaire in German-occupied France. Operation Deadstick: the story of the first Allies into the fray on D-Day, tasked with seizing and holding two bridges to prevent an armoured German counterattack.
Where does Raiders: World War Two True Stories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
First of all I would like to say this is a book about British special forces of world war two. I enjoyed that. Having said that these are stories that you probably have not heard of before. I really enjoyed it, and I would recommend it to anyone.
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What made the experience of listening to Raiders: World War Two True Stories the most enjoyable?
I love tales of bravery,sacrifice,and ingenuity from the men and women of that generation who gave all for freedom and love of country. These six,individual stories were excellent listening,with top flight narration by Mark Meadows. Britain and the Allies had only had a series of setbacks and depressing news,while trying to cope with the constant Lufwaffe attacks on the Homefront for more than two years and Churchill knew some positive news stories were critical by this time. The establishment and training of the "Commandos" is a great story in itself,but as Mark Meadows reads them,you feel you are there with the attaking forces! The initial success of the Raids was a much needed moral booster for England,and set some standards for D Day which would follow. I purchased this audiobook in January,and have listened to it three times already,loving every minute of it. First class all the way.
What other book might you compare Raiders: World War Two True Stories to and why?
Anyone that likes these types of stories would enjoy any of William Breuers' books;and also, 'The Brenner Assaignment' by Patrick O'Donnell; "The Forgotten 500 " by Gregory Freeman;'The Jedburghs' by Will Irwin and "The Phantom Major"@ by Virginia Cowles,to name a few.(@-Reviewed separately).
What does Mark Meadows bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I listen very carefully to books I place in my wish list and take my time deciding. Sometimes favourite subject matter is not as well narrated as I would like,and the VOICE is everyting to me. I place Mr. Meadows up there with the best,especially for this genre.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It actually did give me chills,as some of the Commandos;as was to be expected,lost there lives in the Raids. Usually some prior background facts of certain commanders and other individuals were given;as when an officer that played Rugby for England who was well known was killed. I could only think of the family and friends who would never see them again.
Any additional comments?
Just a "shout out " to AUDIBLE for seeking out these kind of true WW 2 stories which I love. There seem to be many new and interesting choices each month. Cheers to all the fans of this branch of history, I read and use your reviews to help choose,quite often! - Ron Larocque,Ottawa,Canada.