The Hunt for Hitler’s Warship

Winston Churchill called it “the Beast.”

It was said to be unsinkable.

More than 30 military operations failed to destroy it.

Eliminating the Tirpitz, Hitler’s mightiest warship, a 52,000-ton behemoth, became an Allied obsession in World War II.

In The Hunt for Hitler’s Warship, journalist and military historian Patrick Bishop tells the epic story of the men who would not rest until the Tirpitz lay at the bottom of the sea.

Bishop draws on decades of experience as a foreign war correspondent to paint a vivid picture of this historic clash of the Royal Air Force’s Davids versus Hitler’s Goliath of naval engineering.

In November of 1944, with the threat to Russian supply lines increasing and Allied forces needing reinforcements in the Pacific, a raid as audacious as any Royal Air Force operation of the war was launched—and under the command of one of Britain’s greatest (but least-known) war heroes, Wing Commander Willie Tait.

Part one of a seven-part History channel video on the hunt for the Tirpitz:

(Related: Check out Bishop’s recent contributor column at TheBlaze, “Germany Old and New”)

The Tirpitz was simply bad news for Britain’s supply lines and an ever-present threat to convoys that provided the same for Stalin’s armed forces.

It attracted so much attention that operations involving “human torpedoes” and “miget submarines,” as well as suicidal bombing raids, were tried on the behemoth.

Nothing seemed to work.

But Tait finally got to the Tirpitz in November 1944, thanks to RAF Lancaster bombers flown by the 617 Squadron (the “Dambusters”), and the chase came to and end.

Here Bishop brings the obsessive hunt to life, using archival data as well as exclusive cooperation from Tait’s family and firsthand accounts, to transform mere facts into a compelling, fast-paced narrative.