The Wrecking Crew

Operation Colossus, 10 February 1941
Author(s): Bernd Horn
Original Publish Date: Jan 19, 2019
Product Number: EB00780819
Released: Nov 05, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781459743403
Publisher: Dundurn
Please log in to view pricing


The incredible details of the bold, near-disastrous first Allied airborne commando raid. Audacious to the extreme, Operation Colossus was a raid in the early, dark days of the Second World War, when Britain stood seemingly alone. After the country's defeats in western Europe in 1940, Prime Minister Winston Churchill insisted on an aggressive raiding campaign. Conducted on February 10, 1941, Operation Colossus was one such raid, meant to steal back the initiative and create as much chaos for the Axis powers as possible. However, bad luck stalked the mission, as one mishap after another seemed to foredoom the operation. In the aftermath, there were recriminations as well as accolades. Few military operations have proven as controversial.

Sign up for our email newsletter