THE AMIENS RAID. SECRETS REVEALED
THE AMIENS RAID . SECRETS REVEALED
THE AMIENS RAID. SECRETS REVEALED
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THE AMIENS RAID Secrets Revealed

By: Dr. Jean-Pierre Ducellier

Edited and with additional research and text by: Simon W.Parry

 

The raid is remarkable for the precision and daring of the attack, which was filmed by a camera on one of the aeroplanes.

The legendary 'Operation Jericho' was one of the most famous precision bombing raids of World War 2. It has taken a concerted effort by a leading French historian to reveal the truth behind the raid, and in doing so he has turned the accepted facts upside down.

A 392 PAGE HARDBACK BOOK, PUBLISHED IN 2011

 

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About The Book

 One of the major legends of the Second World War is that of Operation Jericho: the daring RAF raid that blew down the walls of Amiens prison in February 1944, releasing French resistance prisoners under sentence of death, and executed with the practice of flying and bombing of almost unbelievable precision and accuracy.

 This book does not interfere with a major measure of this legend; what strongly comes across is the professionalism and bravery of the RAF crews and their Typhoon escorts who flew at literally treetop height across northern France in powerful and – to modern pilots – nearly unmanageable piston-engined aircraft, to bomb a highly specific target in a highly specific manner using conventional 500 pound high explosive bombs. They contended with atrocious weather, mechanical failure, a lack of fighter escort over the target, prowling FW190s, and ground flak in a mission which was just one of many in their wider campaign to interdict V1 rocket bomb sites.       

The mechanics of this mission, the briefings that led to it, the presence of an RAF photo-reconnaissance Mosquito and a minute-by-minute, bomb-by-bomb account of the raid is delivered with a high degree of accuracy, clarity and historical confidence in this 392-page well typeset HARDBACK edition.      

Where the book begins to truly break new territory is in the mysterious gaps that appear in the struggle record, and the systematic retelling and recasting of the raid so that the historical mythology tells a story very different from available historical fact in the archives. The author struggles to trace who exactly authorised the raid; and the long-professed belief that this was to free French Resistance fighters and/or shadowy 'British Intelligence' operatives in possession of the date of Operation Overlord is shown to be without foundation. The account of the raid, even down to its evocative codename of Jericho, is shown to be a propaganda/press construct dating from some six months after the raid. The evidence presented here is dispassionate and methodical, and will make you read with care and re-evaluate what you think about this raid. Most humbling for this British reader is the sense of the innocent French casualties of the raid, which made it such an ambivalent event in the story of the liberation of Picardy.     

 

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The accounts of 'collateral damage' of innocent French individuals are harrowing, and require the reader to think again about the cost of the liberation of north-western Europe to its occupied populations. 

 

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