World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF EUROPE: Target for Tonight

Everything was right. The moon was bright, but ghostly and tricky with mist. Swarms of British attack planes thundered down on the night's target, peppered & salted it with bomb, cannon, machine gun. In the milky darkness half a mile away, big Whitley bombers dropped clusters of parachute troops, their faces and even their teeth blackened by burnt cork.

This was a lightning raid on the German radio-detector station at Bruneval, twelve miles northeast of Le Havre on the French coast. It is well known that the British have an effective short-wave device for locating planes at night or in clouds....

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