Special Operations, Bruneval Raid, Operation Biting

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The Brunevald raid was arguably the most important Special Forces action of WWII and it is fitting that this DVD should be the first in a new series of Special Operations DVDs.

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NAME: Special Operations, Bruneval Raid, Operation Biting
CLASSIFICATION: Video, DVD, reviews
FILE: K0149
DATE: 300612
PRESENTER(S): Andrew Duff, Paul Oldfield, Bob Hilton, Francois Wikart, Andy Johnson, Tim Stoneman, Tim Sauders
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword Digital
MEDIA: DVD
FORMAT: Dual layer
RUNTIME: 105 minutes
PLAYERS: Personal Computer, Mac Computer, DVD Player
INTERNET: Optional
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GENRE: Non-Fiction
SUBJECT: Airborne assault, paratroops, gliders, infantry, WWII, Second World War, technology, armoured columns, World War Two, 1939-1945, 1941, coastal craft, radar, ELINT
ISBN: 0-24762-039-4
IMAGE: KB0149
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DESCRIPTION: World War Two saw the introduction of a number of significant new technologies of which radar was one important example. Where the Germans had largely discounted the importance of British radar during the Battle of Britain, the British did not make the same mistake as they set out to take the war to the German homeland in a growing bombing campaign. The Brunevald raid was arguably the most important Special Forces action of WWII and it is fitting that this DVD should be the first in a new series of Special Operations DVDs. The raid obtained key components from the German Wurzburg radar system. Without that knowledge, the RAF might not have been able to maintain its bombing campaign without suffering unsustainable losses. As it was, almost half of all bomber crew became casualties and it is easy to see how a lack of understanding of German radar would have increased those casualties to the level suffered by the German U-Boats that were unable to sustain their campaign against Allied convoys. The British paratroops achieved initial surprise but German forces responded rapidly and a fierce fight began. The raid demonstrated the advantage of a small, highly trained special group that could be vertically inserted into enemy territory and then extracted by sea. Without the RN landing craft, the outcome of the raid might have been less favourable, but the extraction from the beach enabled all objectives to be fully achieved. As it was, nine sticks of paratroops, with a radar specialist, together with the landing craft crews, may have won the war against Germany. They certainly contributed to reducing the length of a damaging conflict. This is absorbing viewing. The presenters review the successes and failures of the raid and the DVD is well up to the high standard that this presentation team has established with its military history DVDs.

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