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SAS Shadow Raiders - Friday 15th November 18.30 - 22.00

Damien Lewis, renowned Author,  of books such as War Dog, presents his last book.

November 1941: an alien-seeming object is photographed by a lone RAF Spitfire over the French coast. Balanced upon the cliffs is what appears to be a large convex dish, directed across the Channel. With Britain’s cities being pounded by bombing raids, teams of experts scrutinised the image. Did the dish constitute a highly-secret form of radar – one that could tip war’s balance catastrophically in the enemy’s favour? Churchill demanded action. Agents of the Special Operations Executive – the shadowy ‘Ministry for Ungentlemanly Warfare’ – were despatched, to spy out the target’s defences. A top-secret mission was launched to steal what had become known as the ‘Wurzburg Dish.’ Only one option seemed feasible: a lightning airborne assault. But after Colossus, could a second such daring raid really succeed? Each rehearsal for Operation Biting proved disastrous. Seemingly a suicide mission in all but name, Commander John ‘Johnny’ Frost demanded blind loyalty from his wild, piratical crew. At the eleventh hour, there were two surprising additions: one, a shadowy German cloaked in mystery; the other a British radar specialist who could on no account fall into enemy hands.

Relying on files declassified for this book, eyewitness testimonies, and working with the families of key figures involved, Lewis reveals an epic of daring, scientific skulduggery, ruthless rule‐breaking and ingenuity beyond measure. The results of Op Biting would resonate throughout the war and beyond, changing the course of twentieth-century history.

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Damien Lewis, renowned Author,  of books such as War Dog, presents his last book.

November 1941: an alien-seeming object is photographed by a lone RAF Spitfire over the French coast. Balanced upon the cliffs is what appears to be a large convex dish, directed across the Channel. With Britain’s cities being pounded by bombing raids, teams of experts scrutinised the image. Did the dish constitute a highly-secret form of radar – one that could tip war’s balance catastrophically in the enemy’s favour? Churchill demanded action. Agents of the Special Operations Executive – the shadowy ‘Ministry for Ungentlemanly Warfare’ – were despatched, to spy out the target’s defences. A top-secret mission was launched to steal what had become known as the ‘Wurzburg Dish.’ Only one option seemed feasible: a lightning airborne assault. But after Colossus, could a second such daring raid really succeed? Each rehearsal for Operation Biting proved disastrous. Seemingly a suicide mission in all but name, Commander John ‘Johnny’ Frost demanded blind loyalty from his wild, piratical crew. At the eleventh hour, there were two surprising additions: one, a shadowy German cloaked in mystery; the other a British radar specialist who could on no account fall into enemy hands.

Relying on files declassified for this book, eyewitness testimonies, and working with the families of key figures involved, Lewis reveals an epic of daring, scientific skulduggery, ruthless rule‐breaking and ingenuity beyond measure. The results of Op Biting would resonate throughout the war and beyond, changing the course of twentieth-century history.