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

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The triumphant true story of the young women who helped to devise the winning strategy that defeated Nazi U-boats and delivered 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
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Little, Brown and Company (first published November 7th 2019)
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Roberta
These two books are really difficult for me to review.

The first book, A Game of Birds and Wolves reads like a thriller and I would give it a very solid four-stars. The British, out maneuvered and out gunned, are this close to losing WWII because Germany is throwing up a barricade of u-boats, cutting off supplies, sinking supply ships and killing huge numbers of sailors and civilian passengers. The Germans are surely and steadily winning the Battle of the Atlantic. They have Supreme Commander of
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Historyguy
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Told in vivid, thrilling detail, A Game of Birds and Wolves shines a light into one of the forgotten tactical units of the Second World War and the core role the men and women who worked there played in driving the U-boats from the Atlantic. The book often reads like a thriller, with well-rounded, memorable characters on both sides of the conflict, and high-stakes, but is clearly rooted in painstaking archival research and interview. A gripping, tight-focus expose, not only of the role of ...more
Anneke
A Game of Birds and Wolves: The Ingenious Young Women Whole Secret Board Game Helped Win WWII
Author: Simon Parkin
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publication Date: January 29, 2020
Review Date: January 4, 2020

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review,

From the blurb:
“The triumphant true story of the young women who helped to devise the winning strategy that defeated Nazi U-boats and delivered a decisive victory in the Battle of the Atlantic.
By 1941,
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Teri
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
A fascinating book that chronicles the rise of the u-boats utilized by the Germans during World War II and the tactics , specifically the “games”, the British developed to counter them. Sometimes the explanation of the games could get tedious, but I can envision the action packed movie that could come from this book.
Cass
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
An excellent insight into naval tactics during the war, as well as the indispensable role that women played. Engaging and well-written, it varied between a thrilling narrative and an informative text - a mix that worked perfectly to maintain my interest and increase my understanding. Solid read.
Maria Galvez Mesimeris
This book reads like a documentary and i lost interest after a while.
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Simon Parkin is an award-winning writer and journalist from England. A sought-after video game pundit, Parkin has been a guest on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live and his criticism and journalism has featured in numerous high-profile publications, including the New Yorker, Guardian and New Statesman.