HITLER CALLED IT THE “ZONE OF DESTINY” AND HE’D RISK HIS ENTIRE NAVY TO SMASH THROUGH IT.
X-Day, February 11,1942. In the pre-dawn darkness a massive fleet of German battleships, destroyers and escort ships steamed out of France for the strategically vital Norwegian coast. There was only one sea lane to possible success: a daring daylight passage directly through the English Channel. It was a desperate but brilliantly conceived ultra-secret plan. The British RAF and Royal Navy rose up to challenge the Nazis, and one of the most devastating battles of World War II exploded. Through flak-filled skies and mine-infested waters, the fighting raged 24 fierce hours. From the incredible individual heroics and airborne suicide missions to the bloody smoking ship-desks littered with wounded sailors. Breakout brings to vivid life the monumental confrontation of these two mighty maritime powers.
Originally published as “Fiasco”, it is the tale of how German naval vessels, including the Scharnhorst and the Gneisenau, escaped from France in February 1942 to fight again in Norwegian waters. An incredible story of daring and brazeness.