Callum MacDonald - The Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich (2nd Hand Paperback)
The extraordinary account of one of the most daring World War II missions, as told in the movie Anthropoid. If anyone warranted assassination during World War II, it was Reinhard Heydrich (1904-1942), chief of the security police, rabid anti-Semite, architect of the Final Solution, ruthless overlord of Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, and Hitler's most likely successor.
In 1941, at the height of the Nazis seeming invincibility, the Czech government-in-exile launched a desperate operation to kill Heydrich.
From the assassins' training in England to their Thermopylae-like last stand in the flooded crypt of a Prague church, and the Nazis savage reprisals (including the obliteration of two villages),
This book is based on archive material and interviews with surviving members of SOE and Czech military intelligence. The Killing of Reinhard Heydrich brilliantly recounts one of World War II's most daring and tragic missions.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Very Good
- Category : Non-Fiction - War & Civil War
- Published : 2007 (This Edition 2011 - Birlinn Books)
- ISBN : 9781843410362
- SKU : B002416
- PPC : SP300gm
- RRP : £8.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
"Excellent" - Robert Kee, The Observer.
"A nail-bitingly suspenseful account" - Publishers Weekly.
"Subtle in it's political analysis and gripping in it's narrative drive." - New York Times.
"I suppose MacDonald has written the ultimate book on Heydrich's assassination because there's not much more to tell. The book covers the German entrance into Czechoslovakia, Heydrich rise to the SS-top and the ideas of the Czech government in exile. Only in the final part the actual assault takes place, but by this time the reader has good knowledge of all the circumstances.
This gripping story never let's go and is a tribute to all of those who stood up against Nazi evil, personified in Heydrich, and especially to the brave Czechs carrying this action out." - Amazon Review.
Callum MacDonald was born in Eaglesham near Glasgow in 1947. He studied History at Edinburgh University, where he achieved a first class honours degree before moving on to New College, Oxford. He received a DPhil from Keble College in 1974.
Author of The Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich published by Birlinn in 2011 and The Lost Battle: Crete 1941 published by The Free Press in 1993, MacDonald's work is a reminder of why we train historians, and of why we study the past.