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A game of birds and wolves : the ingenious young women whose secret board game helped win World War II / Simon Parkin.

Parkin, Simon, (author.).

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Orford Social Library 940.54/516 34190000109503 New items Checked out 06/23/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780316492096 : HRD
  • ISBN: 0316492094 : HRD
  • Physical Description: 309 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: Boston, MA : Little, Brown, [2020]

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General Note:
First published in Great Britain in November 2019 by Sceptre" -- Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.:
By 1941, Winston Churchill had come to believe that the outcome of World War II rested on the battle for the Atlantic. A grand strategy game was devised by Captain Gilbert Roberts and a group of ten Wrens (members of the Women's Royal Naval Service) assigned to his team in an attempt to reveal the tactics behind the vicious success of the German U-boats. Played on a linoleum floor divided into painted squares, it required model ships to be moved across a make-believe ocean in a manner reminiscent of the childhood game, Battleship. Through play, the designers developed "Operation Raspberry," a countermaneuver that helped turn the tide of World War II.
Subject: World War, 1939-1945 > xx > Atlantic Ocean.
World War, 1939-1945 > Naval operations > Submarine.
World WAr, 1939-1945 > Military intelligence > Great Britain.
Great Britain. Royal Navy. Western Approaches Tactical Unit.
Genre: Creative nonfiction.

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