World Battlefronts: Brightout

The R.A.F., making good Churchill's promise to make "rostockize" a more sinister verb than "coventrize,"* revisited ruined Rostock, then flew eight miles farther north to Warnemünde, aircraft-manufacturing center and U-boat training base. As the night flyers came in through fog, intense artillery fire greeted them—but no searchlights.

Suddenly 50 powerful beams stabbed the darkness. Then more & more, until some cones of light were formed by as many as 40 searchlights, catching and holding bombers at their apex. Simultaneously a great curtain of light was flung out horizontally to dazzle raiders, protect...

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