Catch That Tiger

Catch That Tiger

Churchill's Secret Order That Launched the Most Astounding and Dangerous Mission of World War II

Book - 2012
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"Unleashed by Hitler in 1942, the German Tiger tank was by far the most powerful tank ever built at the time --the 60-ton monster could destroy any Allied tank from more than a mile away. Desperate to discover the secret technology used in its manufacture, Winston Churchill chose a brilliant young army engineer, Major Doug Lidderdale, as his special agent. In a late-night briefing in the subterranean war rooms under Whitehall he ordered him "Go catch me a tiger." Doug did not hesitate, and by February 1943 was facing Rommel's desert army. After several unsuccessful and hair-raising efforts to bag a Tiger on the battlefields of Tunisia, Doug and his team put their lives on the line in a terrifying, close-range shoot-out with the five-man crew of a Tiger, capturing the tank intact. The morale boost to the Allies was such that both Churchill and King George VI flew to Tunis to examine the Tiger firsthand. But the Germans were not finished with Doug --constant attacks by the Luftwaffe and U-boats pursued him and his men on every step of the journey back to England... The full extent of Doug's adventures in North Africa only came to light after his son, Dave Travis, revealed the existence of his father's diaries."--Publisher description.
Publisher: London : John Blake, 2012
Description: x, 278 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), facsims., ports. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781857826609
1857826604
Branch Call Number: 940.541241 Lid
Additional Contributors: Montague, Bruce

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