Audacious Missions of World War II

Audacious Missions of World War II

Daring Acts of Bravery Revealed Through Letters and Documents from the Time

General Military
  • Author: The National Archives
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 23 Jan 2020
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Winning World War II was about more than military force. It required guile, and tremendous acts of bravery by Special Forces and intelligence operatives who had the odds stacked against them. Using hundreds of documents and images from The National Archives, including some that have never been seen in print before, this book reveals some of World War II's most audacious missions.

These include Operation Anthropoid, the plot to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich in Czechoslovakia in 1942, Operation Chariot, the attempt to damage the mighty German warship Tirpitz while she was in dock in St-Nazaire in France; and Operation Mincemeat, a complex plot whereby a corpse, replete with documentation designed to mislead the enemy, was dropped in southern Spain to spread misinformation.

Biographical Note

The National Archives at Kew is the repository of documents that record the history of the UK. Events revealed through these papers are both large and small, ranging from momentous political events to day-to-day happenings in the lives of ordinary individuals.


Part One: Combined Operations
Operation Claymore
Operation Archery
Operation Anklet
Operation Biting
Operation Chariot
Operation Jubilee
Operation VP 101 (Barbara)
Part Two: Special Operations Executive Missions
Operation Postmaster
Operation Anthropoid
Operation Harling
Operations Grouse
Swallow, Freshman and Gunnerside
The Abduction of General Kreipe
Operation Foxley
Operation Longshanks
Part Three: Royal Navy Missions
Operation Source
The Sinking of the Bismarck
Part Four: Royal Air Force Missions
Operation Market Garden
Operation Chastise
Operation Catechism
Operation Crossbow
Part Five: Special Missions
Operation Mincemeat
Operation Totalise
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