The Coventry Raid
This section begins with three chapters that analyze British preparations and actions preceding the November attack and concludes with a fourth chapter that details the actual raid. Chapter 10 reviews the various defensive preparations and anti-aircraft defenses that had been established in Coventry to help counter German air raids. Chapter 11 investigates the controversial question of how much advance knowledge the British actually had regarding Operation Moonlight Sonata. Was the city of Coventry really sacrificed to preserve the British secret that they had broken the German Enigma code? Many individuals today continue to believe that this definitely was the case. As soon as the British determined the actual starting date and time for Moonlight Sonata, they launched a counteroperation designed to thwart the German attack. Chapter 12 reviews this counterattack, codenamed Operation Cold Water by the British.
The final chapter in this section, Chapter 13, describes the actual raid on the city. Detailed operational records exist for many of the German bombing units, but unfortunately they are not available for all of the Luftwaffe units that participated in the Coventry attack that night.