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Exercise Tiger : the dramatic true story of a hidden tragedy of World War II
Lewis, Nigel, 1948-
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Uniform Title:
Channel firing
Publication Information:
New York : Prentice Hall Press, 1990.
Physical Description:
307 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Originally published under title: Channel firing.
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D756.5.N6 L46 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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On the night of April 28, 1944, six weeks before D-Day, more than 700 American servicemen stationed in England were killed in a military exercise. Nigel Lewis uncovers the terrifying secrets of that night revealing the military secrets kept hidden about it for more than 40 years.

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Booklist Review

A British journalist provides the latest account of a 1944 episode of the European war in which the Germans sank, with heavy casualties and some danger to the D-Day secret, two American landing ships practicing for the invasion. Lewis goes into more detail about actual events and the subsequent cover-up than did Hoyt in Invasion before Normandy [BKL My 15 85]. He also discusses much more thoroughly the Anglo-American tensions that contributed to and resulted from the tragedy. Recommended for larger World War II collections lacking Hoyt's book. Notes, appendixes, bibliography; to be indexed. --Roland Green

Library Journal Review

``Exercise Tiger'' was a pre-invasion training mission to prepare U.S. soldiers and sailors for the Normandy landings in 1944. Ships were to ferry troops out into the English Channel and then simulate a landing on the south coast of England. Unfortunately, the ships were exposed to a night attack by German torpedo boats based on the French side of the Channel, and some 700 Americans perished. Lewis uses eyewitness accounts to flesh out his narrative of the exercise that turned into real battle. He also discusses the legends, lore, and controversy that have shrouded the event. The well-informed reader may be put off by some of the allegations and conclusions of the author, e.g., the ``hidden'' aspect of the tragedy, especially since Lewis quotes from a number of U.S. published sources. Still, this provocative account should be a popular addition to most collections.-- George F. Scheck, Naval Underwater Systems Lib., Newport, R.I. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.