A Game of Birds and Wolves by Simon Parkin audiobook

A Game of Birds and Wolves: The Ingenious Young Women Whose Secret Board Game Helped Win World War II

By Simon Parkin
Read by Elliot Fitzpatrick

Little, Brown & Company, Little, Brown, Hachette Book Group 9780316492096
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The triumphant story of a group of young women who helped devised a winning strategy to defeat the Nazi U-boats and deliver a decisive victory in the Battle of the Atlantic 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. Combining vibrant novelistic storytelling with extensive research, interviews, and previously unpublished accounts, Simon Parkin describes for the first time the role that women played in developing the Allied strategy that, in the words of one admiral, “contributed in no small measure to the final defeat of Germany.” Rich with unforgettable cinematic detail and larger-than-life characters, A Game of Birds and Wolves is a wrenching account of ingenuity, dedication, perseverance, and love, bringing to life the imagination and sacrifice required to defeat the Nazis at sea.

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The triumphant story of a group of young women who helped devised a winning strategy to defeat the Nazi U-boats and deliver a decisive victory in the Battle of the Atlantic

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.

Combining vibrant novelistic storytelling with extensive research, interviews, and previously unpublished accounts, Simon Parkin describes for the first time the role that women played in developing the Allied strategy that, in the words of one admiral, “contributed in no small measure to the final defeat of Germany.”

Rich with unforgettable cinematic detail and larger-than-life characters, A Game of Birds and Wolves is a wrenching account of ingenuity, dedication, perseverance, and love, bringing to life the imagination and sacrifice required to defeat the Nazis at sea.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Parkin does a masterful job of evoking the sweep of this vital piece of naval history.” New York Journal of Books
“This stirring history…redresses a balance: none in this doughty sisterhood has ever been publicly honored.” Nature
“It reads like a thriller, with its accounts of nerve-wracking battles, extreme weather, icebergs, and ships sunk in a matter of minutes.” Wall Street Journal
“Brings to life one of the most elusive aspects of war.” New York Times Book Review
“A magnificent look at a war game that mattered most: how to outfox the Nazi’s dreaded U-boats.” Annie Jacobsen, Pulitzer Prize finalist

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Author

Author Bio: Simon Parkin

Author Bio: Simon Parkin

Simon Parkin is an award-winning British writer and journalist. He is a contributing writer for the New Yorker, game critic for the London Observer newspaper, and a regular contributor to the London Guardian’s “Long Read.” He is the recipient of two awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, and his work has been featured in The Best American Nonrequired Reading.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 10.09
Audience: Adult
Language: English