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The Pinch

Ian McHarg

The Pinch

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ISBN 9781781326923

Published Sep 2017

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203 x 133mm (246 pages)

Fischer had studied the area around Vågsøy, sitting at the southern end of the stretch of water known as the Ulvesund, which leads to the narrow passage that stretches along most of Norway’s West coast. The passage, known as the Indreled, is almost a continuous channel bound by a chain of islands on the seaward side and the mainland on the other. Fischer knew that this natural protection enabled shipping to move up and down Norway’s coast relatively safely. The exception to this was the wide bay at Stadtlandet to the north of the Ulvesund. By reading daily signals he knew that most ships tended to congregate in the Ulvesund and wait for the right opportunity to pass into the open sea, before heading northwards once more, under the cover of the numerous islands.

December 1941. German U-Boats dominate the war in the North Atlantic and Britain is desperate for a breakthrough in cracking their naval codes. The admiralty needs an intelligence pinch, and a Kriegsmarine shore-based wireless station in the Norwegian town of Vågsøy is the target. Lieutenant Robert Bolt and his section of hand-picked commandos, led by the tough and uncompromising Corporal Sam Butcher, are tasked with the secret mission.

Just hours before a major combined operations assault on the town, they are launched from a submarine with orders to silently take control of the wireless station, kill the operators and pinch the codes before a full commando force lands.

But the Germans have a plan for such an eventuality, and Bolt and his men will need to be at their most ruthless if they are to get the codes without compromising their fellow soldiers.

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