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Operation crossbow : the untold story of photographic intelligence and the search for Hitler's V weapons / by Allan Williams.

By: Williams, Allan.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Preface, 2013Description: 450 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781848093072 (hbk.); 1848093071 (hbk.); 9780099557333 (pbk.); 9781409051732 (ebook); 1409051730 (ebook).Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Reconnaissance operations, British | Aerial reconnaissance, British -- History -- 20th century | Aerial observation (Military science) -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century | V-1 bomb -- HistoryDDC classification: 358.45094109044
Originally published: London: Preface, 2013. -Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The story of the photographic intelligence work undertaken from a country house at Medmenham, Buckinghamshire, is one of the great lost stories of World War II. At its peak in 1944, almost 2,000 British and American men and women worked at the top-secret Danesfield House, interpreting photographs--the majority stereoscopic so they could be viewed in 3D--to unlock secrets of German military activity and weapons development. Millions of aerial photographs were taken by Allied pilots, flying unarmed modified Spitfires and Mosquitos on missions over Nazi Europe. It was said that an aircraft could land, the photographs be developed, and initial interpretation completed within two hours--marking the culmination of years of experiments in aerial intelligence techniques. Their finest hour began in 1943, during the planning stages of the Allied invasion of Europe, when Douglas Kendall, who masterminded the interpretation work at Medmenham, led the hunt for Hitler's secret weapons. Operation Crossbow would grow from a handful of photographic interpreters to the creation of a hand-picked team, and involved interpreters from across the Medmenham spectrum, including the team of aircraft specialists led by the redoubtable Constance Babington Smith. While analyzing photographs of Peenemunde in northern Germany, they spotted a small stunted aircraft on a ramp. This intelligence breakthrough linked the Nazi research station with a growing network of sites in northern France, where ramps were being constructed which aligned not only with London, but targets throughout southern Britain. Operation Crossbow is a wonderful story of human endeavor and derring-do, told for the first time.

Paperback edition (Arrow imprint) published: 2014

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Originally published: London: Preface, 2013. -Includes bibliographical references and index.

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