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The Mare’s Nest


The story of Hitler’s V-weapons and the British Intelligence attack on them. This new edition contains the formerly excised chapters.



The story of Hitler’s V-weapons and the British Intelligence attack on them. The first edition had to be cleared by the Ministry of Defence, the Cabinet Office, the Foreign Office and the Prime Minister. This new edition contains the formerly excised chapters.

Twelve thousand German scientists and engineers laboured with sixteen thousand slave labourers to build the secret weapons that would reduce London to ruins: how close they came to success!

Here is the full story written from secret British and German documents, and from the private papers of the scientists and war leaders who mounted the British Intelligence counter-offensive.

In Germany inter-service rivalry undermined the competing weapons projects until all were too late; and in Britain the most tempestuous dispute of the war thundered along the corridors of Whitehall, while senior defense scientists waged their personal battles. For a year, the British War Cabinet was led to believe that the German rockets were a well-planned giant hoax, a ‘mare’s nest’ as the Prime Minister’s personal Scientific Adviser, the controversial Lord Cherwell, put it on October 25, 1943.

Here are the secret disputes and intrigues that rocked the War Cabinet for eighteen vital months of the Second World War. Here too is the full story of the heroic R.A.F. Bomber Command assault on the Peenemünde rocket installations.

This narrative of the tremendous duel between Hitler with his research scientists and engineers and the British Government with its Intelligence and Scientific experts and codebreakers, will enhance Mr. Irving’s reputation for brilliant investigation of little known aspects of the last war.
The Focal Point edition incorporated all the latest archival finds, including the diaries of Hermann Göring, and Hitler’s notorious doctor Morell; and, for the first time, dramatic colour photographs taken by Hitler’s film cameraman Walter Frentz. The current 2002 Millennium edition is further updated with a sheaf of new evidence including the long-lost Gestapo interrogations – now in private American hands – of Rudolf Hess’s staff – and SS and other documents intercepted by British codebreakers.

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