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The Iron Sea

The Iron Sea

How the Allies Hunted and Destroyed Hitler's Warships

From Simon Read, author of stirring works of military history, the action-packed story of the Allies’ brutal naval engagements and daring harbor raids to destroy the backbone of Hitler’s surface fleet.

The sea had become a mass grave by 1941 as Hitler’s four capital warships–Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Tirpitz, and Bismarck, the largest warship on the ocean–roamed the wind-swept waves, threatening the Allied war effort and sending thousands of men to the icy depths of the North Atlantic. Bristling with guns and steeled in heavy armor, these reapers of the sea could outrun and outgun any battleship in the Allied arsenal. The deadly menace kept Winston Churchill awake at night; he deemed them “targets of supreme consequence.”

The campaign against Hitler’s surface fleet would continue into the dying days of World War II and involve everything from massive warships engaged in bloody, fire-drenched battle to daring commando raids in German occupied harbors. This is the fast-paced story of the Allied bomber crews, brave sailors, and bold commandoes who “sunk the Bismarck” and won a hard-fought victory over Hitler’s iron sea.

Using official war diaries, combat reports, eyewitness accounts and personal letters, Simon Read brings the action and adventure to vivid life. The result is an enthralling and gripping story of the Allied heroes who fought on a watery battlefield.
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Genre: Nonfiction / History / Military / World War Ii

On Sale: November 3rd 2020

Price: $14.99 / $18.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 336

ISBN-13: 9780306921704

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"Winston Churchill's greatest fear in World War II was of losing the battle of the Atlantic and Britain being starved into surrender. I felt tingles down my spine when I read of the feats of so very many ordinary men and women from so many walks of life who sank Hitler's battle fleet, and stopped that from happening.... Read's Iron Sea, with its scholarly research and scintillating prose style, will leave you full of pride for that extraordinary generation and their staggering achievement."—Andrew Roberts, award-winning and bestselling author of Churchill: Walking with Destiny
"Simon Read's The Iron Sea is a wonderful, rip-roaring account of one of the greatest hunts in history - the pursuit of Hitler's warships. You'll feel the lash of salt spray, the thunder of depth charges, the immense tension of the chase. A superb addition to the annals of naval WWII history."—Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author of The Liberator and The Longest Winter
"Prepare to journey back in time to the perilous early years of the Second World War, where Britain's lifelines depended on the destruction of four mighty German surface ships. Simon Read brilliantly retells the stories of the hunt for Hitler's warships in a single volume, which is crisply researched and brimming with vivid prose."—Patrick K. O'Donnell, bestselling author of Washington's Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution and The Unknowns: America's Unknown Soldier and WWI's Most Decorated Heroes Who Brought Him Home
"In The Iron Sea Simon Read brings readers straight into the heart of the tumultuous battle to control the Atlantic. Swarms of dive-bombers, lines of torpedoes cutting through inky black waters, the shrill cries of officers and sailors, the plumes of smoke and fire--all come viscerally to life in this narrative thriller."—Neal Bascomb, New York Times bestselling author of The Winter Fortress and Faster
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