Killing Kennedy

John Blake Publishing

Read the Chilling Truth Behind the Assassination That Shocked the World. At 12.30hrs on Friday 22 November 1963, US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. He was the 35th President of the United States, the first Roman Catholic President, and the fourth President to be assassinated in less than one hundred years. The news of his death shocked the world, and everybody seems to remember with great clarity where they were and what they were doing the moment the tragic news was broadcast.Craig Cabell's book reveals the sniper gauntlet that lay in wait for President Kennedy in Dallas that fateful day. His ballistic analysis of the famous Zapruder film, along with other photographs, film clips, eye-witness and medical accounts, proves that the assassination shot came from in front of the motorcade and not behind it, proving that a conspiracy really happened and that Lee Harvey Oswald was not guilty of assassination. He then explains how the killer escaped and looks at three other sniper dens that all fit the same scenario perfectly, sharing the same escape route for the other members of the sniper gauntlet, thus constructing a concrete explanation as to why the true gunmen were never found.Oswald described himself as the patsy in the assassination of President Kennedy and this book vindicates that claim, proving him innocent of assassination, but still embroiled in the conspiracy at the Texas School Book Depository.Avoiding conjecture, Cabell crafts a factual book about one of the most famous days in history, at last placing Oswald in his rightful context and exposing the dark, salubrious, world of professional snipers. As a former Small Arms desk officer for the Ministry of Defence and author of 17 previous history books and biographies, Craig Cabell provides the final word to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy.
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Craig Cabell is a former freelance reporter, working most notably for the Independent newspaper. He is the author of The Doctors: Who’s Who, Ian Rankin and Inspector Rebus, and Terry Pratchet: The Spirit of Fantasy.

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John Blake Publishing
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Nov 4, 2013
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Biography & Autobiography / Historical
History / Expeditions & Discoveries
History / Military / Vietnam War
History / Modern / 20th Century
History / Social History
Social Science / Conspiracy Theories
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When Hitler unleashed his V1 and V2 rockets on Great Britain in 1944, it was the first military attack on the British civilian population without invasion. Innocent families were wiped out without mercy and terror gripped the nation. Churchill and the Crossbow Committee knew that widespread panic would soon ensue, because the British public were becoming increasingly anxious about the Nazis superior technology, which was destroying their lives. But through important intelligence from Bomber Command, Naval commandos, the French and Dutch Resistances in Europe, and the precise plotting of V rocket activity in the Filter Room of Fighter Command through air reconnaissance, a Top Secret plan was formed to dive-bomb V rocket installations with Mark IX and Mark XVI Spitfires. Craig Cabell is the writer and historian responsible for bringing Operation Big Ben to world attention. He has studied the original documentation since its release from the National Archive in 2004 and interviewed veterans who took part in the operation, such as Flight Lieutenant Raymond Baxter. Cabell's initial research resulted in many accolades and now resides in the 602 'City of Glasgow' Squadron Museum.But now, for the first time, Cabell has put together the whole story of Operation Big Ben, showing the work of the Crossbow Committee, intelligence Commandos under the orders of Commander Ian Fleming, the French and Dutch Resistances, and the brave men who flew the Spitfires of 124, 229, 303, 453, 602 and 603 squadrons. For the sake of accuracy and attention to detail, this book concentrates on the day-to-day activity of Spitfires during Operation Big Ben and the work of the various strands of British intelligence before and during it. In this book Operation Big Ben is separated from Operation Crossbow, (the anti-V1 operation) to show how the British government stepped up its urgency to counter the V2 threat. Although some of the detail could be considered repetitious in places (many cuts of non-operational flying have been made from the histories of each squadron in order to keep the flow of the book thought-provoking and interesting), the focus is on accuracy. The author has noted that in other publications that touch on Operation Big Ben, specific activity has not been documented correctly. This is because squadron histories haven't been cross-referenced in the past.Each squadron history in this book, mentions the work of other Big Ben squadrons (to report on the filtering of intelligence, escort work for other larger operations, or the details of the weather conditions experienced and the plight of the Dutch people during the harsh winter of 1944-45) to create a fuller and more visual picture of what happened. It is appreciated that aviation historians and enthusiasts alike will analyse this volume for the details of the Spitfires used. In a nutshell, Mark IXF Spitfires started Operation Big Ben. These had elliptical wings to begin with and then progressed to clipped-wing (pin-pointing exact dates has not always been possible). The Mark XVI became the cream of the crop for the most important squadrons (602, 603 and to a lesser degree 303; with 602 being the first to have them, followed by 303), Mark V's were used for training purposes. For dive-bombing purposes, two 250 lb bombs were used under each wing for balance, with a 500 lb bomb under the fuselage.Occasionally just the 500 lb bomb was carried, sometime just the two 250 lb bombs, depending on how far they had to fly inland or the difficulty of the job in-hand (the greater weight the more fuel used). Version 5 roundel was used and Operation Big Ben insignia on either side of the fuselage.
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