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Winston Churchill's toyshop

Author: Stuart Macrae
Publisher: New York : Walker, [1972, ©1971]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The inside story of one of the most famous of all the 'back rooms' of the Second World War - and of the men and women who worked for it. Conceived by Winston Churchill to circumvent the delays, frustrations and inefficiencies of the service ministries, Department M.D.1. earned from its detractors the soubriquet 'Winston Churchill's Toyshop', yet from a tiny underground workshop housed in the cellars of the London  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stuart Macrae
ISBN: 0802703984 9780802703989
OCLC Number: 508370
Description: viii, 228 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: How it All Started --
Birth of a Limpet --
Called Up --
Early Days at the War Box --
Operation 'Royal Marine' --
Booby Traps --
The Widening Field --
Empire Building --
More Empire Building --
We Dig Ourselves In --
Some Special Weapons --
More Trials and Tribulations --
Some Little Weapons --
The Prof. and Others --
Some Rather Larger Weapons --
The Jumpers and Others --
Life at 'The Firs' --
After the Ball is Over.
Responsibility: [by] R. Stuart Macrae.

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"The inside story of one of the most famous of all the 'back rooms' of the Second World War - and of the men and women who worked for it. Conceived by Winston Churchill to circumvent the delays, frustrations and inefficiencies of the service ministries, Department M.D.1. earned from its detractors the soubriquet 'Winston Churchill's Toyshop', yet from a tiny underground workshop housed in the cellars of the London offices of Radio Normandie in Portland Place, and subsequently from the 'stockbroker Tudor' of a millionaire's country mansion in Buckinghamshire, came an astonishing array of secret weapons ranging from the 'sticky bomb' and 'limpet mine' to giant bridge-carrying assault tanks, as well as the PIAT, a tank-destroying, hand-held mortar. Written by Colonel Stuart Macrae, who helped found M.D.1. and was its second-in-command throughout its life, the story is told of this relatively unknown establishment and the weapons it developed which helped destroy innumerable enemy tanks, aircraft and ships."--Publisher.

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