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Un raid di commandos tedeschi nel 1943 sulla stazione radar nell'isola di Wight

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Nel libro di Adrian Searle "Churchill' s Last Wartime Secret. The German 1943 Raid airbrushed from History"' del nov. 2016, Pen and Sword (che non ho ancora letto) si racconta la storia di un riuscito raid di commandos tedeschi contro la stazione radar britannica nell'isola di Wight, nella Manica. La notizia non fu mai diffusa per mantenere la leggenda secondo cui truppe nemiche non erano mai sbarcate nelle isole britanniche (salvo ovviamente le Isole Normanne, o Channel Islands, vicine alla costa francese, occupate e fortificate dai tedeschi a fine giugno del 1940) dopo Guglielmo il Conquistatore nel 1066.

Il raid trova un parallelo nel riuscito raid britannico contro la stazione radar tedesca a Bruneval, in Normandia, il 27/28 febbraio 1942. II che dimostra che i due contendenti erano molto interessati agli sviluppi tecnologici l'uno dell'altro in materia.

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Avendo cercato il libro su Amazon ho riscontrato alcune recensioni ben poco lusinghiere. Se può esser utile eccone una:

"Some folks might like the author's style of approaching an undocumented claim, but I would prefer hard facts. There really isn't any direct evidence presented in this book. IMHO, it is a lot of conjecture and deductive reasoning wrapped around tangential topics such as the history of rumors of failed German landings, the development of RAF radar chains, and the British raid against the German radar station at Bruneval.

Basically, the author states that the Germans launched a raid against a RAF radar station in retaliation for the British raid on Bruneval. The secondary goal of that mission is to procure British radar technology - which I find somewhat improbable because the RAF was presenting the Germans with examples of their latest radar technology every time a radar equipped bomber was shot down over the continent of Europe. Indeed, German radar development from 1942 onwards depended heavily on captured technology.

I found it difficult to accept the underlying premise that the British AND Germans would both "airbrush" an event from history that involved perhaps ten Germans (from a convalescent company no less) allegedly delivered by the Kriegsmarine (an allocation of resources that would have been recorded in the U-Boat command war diary or the OKM Operations Division War Diary) to England and maybe a dozen or more British service-members. Somewhere, somehow there might have been a skirmish involved and perhaps some British were taken prisoner, but their names are not mentioned nor is their unit identified.. While the British might have a motive in covering up those events, the Germans would have trumpeted the alleged success. My point being that while the British might have eliminated all documentary evidence (as the author claims) somewhere there would have been a paper trail in the German archives.

It is apparent that the author believes he is onto something, but cannot offer definitive proof. Unfortunately, if you advertise something as military history, you have to offer that proof. Three stars for the author's clear personal interest and fresh writing style, but readers will probably finish the book still wondering if indeed there ever was a raid"

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