With an interest in Skirmish gaming, small games and uneven troop numbers, I found this book by Adrian Searle an interesting read about one of WW2’s unsolved mysteries, invasion scares and hush ups.
Did the Germans ever mount a raid on the radar stations of the Isle of Wight?
Officially according to U.K. Government Archives, no.
However Adrian Searle explores in detail the similar rumours along the East and South Coast such as Shingle Street as comparison material.
The secret history and development of British radar is covered in another chapter.
The German raid on Granville harbour in Northern France in March 1945
Operation Biting – The British Commando Raid on Radar stations in Bruneval Northern France February 1942 is given another chapter.
Tracing and evaluating eyewitness accounts (mostly German) and archive material (absences) takes up the rest of the book.
What makes this book interesting from a Games scenario point of view is the detailed inclusion of maps and terrain photographs of a raid that may or may not have happened.
A range of characters from German naval and military personnel, radar technicians, British civilians, Home Guard, British infantry and ARP Staff are featured.
The kind of detailed maps that game scenario writers love.
Here is Adrian Searle’s preface to whet your appetite.
Any good wartime history book needs blurb and an intriguing cover montage.
More commando raid type posts to come …
Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN January 2019