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Bomber Command (Pan Military Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Max Hastings
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Max Hasting's classic account of one of the most controversial struggles of the Second World War.

Bomber Command's offensive against the cities of Germany was one of the epic campaigns of the Second World War. More than 56,000 British and Commonwealth aircrew and 600,000 Germans died in the course of the RAF's attempt to win the war by bombing. The struggle began in 1939 with a few score primitive Whitleys, Hampdens and Wellingtons, and ended six years later with 1,600 Lancasters, Halifaxes and Mosquitoes razing whole cities in a single night.

Max Hastings traced the developments of area bombing using a wealth of documents, letters, diaries and interviews with key surviving witnesses. Bomber Command is his classic account of one of the most controversial struggles of the war.

About the Author

Max Hastings, author of over twenty books, has been editor of the Daily Telegraph and the Evening Standard. He has received many awards for his journalism and was knighted in 2002.

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Bomber Command's offensive against the cities of Germany was one of the epic campaigns of the Second World War. More than 56,000 British and Commonwealth aircrew and 600,000 Germans died in the course of the RAF's attempt to win the war by bombing. The struggle began in 1939 with a few score primitive Whitleys, Hampdens and Wellingtons, and ended six years later with 1,600 Lancasters, Halifaxes and Mosquitoes razing whole cities in a single night. Max Hastings traced the developments of area bombing using a wealth of documnets, letters, diaries and interviews with key surviving witnesses. Bomber Command is his classic account of one of the most controversial struggles of the war.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2727 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (22 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007K9YLC2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The terror that stalks by night... 23 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback
Bomber Command - the 'terrorflieger' - much maligned and their courage greatly to be admired, in my personal view. Max Hastings, as a journalist, can certainly make words meaningful. As an historian he has put together this well crafted, well researched book. Hastings goes to great lengths to be as accurate and as fair as possible, with a shrewd assessment of Arthur Harris in particular, and a number of other RAF staff officers and politicians. The main content of the book though, is devoted to the building up of the strategic bombing offensive, from the early 'nickle runs' and appallingly costly daylight operations when the bombers were forbidden to risk civilian casualties on the ground, to the final devastating raids in the closing days of WW2. We are left in no doubt of the strain on aircrew, the great personal courage of the young men who flew expecting (with good reason) to die, the insensitivity of the RAF to those who broke down, and the struggle for resources to fund the bomber offensive. We have the advantage of hindsight, and the perspective of the 21st century mind. To understand we need, if possible, to think what it was like to be there at the time. Max Hastings enables us to do this with his balanced and thoughtful assessment of the bomber offensive. I am sure his comments were not universally welcome to some of those who served in Bomber Command, but I think we are entitled to make a judgement on history - which Max Hastings has done so ably - otherwise we learn nothing from it's appalling sacrifices. An excellent book.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The role and limitations of air power in WWII 24 Feb 2011
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Bomber Command is a masterpiece, an in depth study of strategic bombing in WWII by the RAF. From the opening days of 1939, when Bomber Command was limited to largely dropping propaganda leaflets, to the firestorm of Dresden in the last days of the European war, everything is covered off in detail. The growth in planes, both in number and capability - from the single engined Battle to the unused Avro Lincoln, the change in method to (or rather, the default acceptance of) "area bombing", the creation of the pathfinder force, the technical advances...it is all here.

Some raids are discussed in detail - notably, not the Dambusters raid - and the loss of life, the flak, the nightfighters, the sheer terror of being in the air over Germany, and in some cases being on the ground being bombed are all set out. Planes, crews, the role of 'Bomber" Harris - all you could want is here. But where this book comes into its own is by asking the question whether it was all worth it, and giving each reader the tools to make his or her own evaluation.

The economics is covered off, as is the military impact of bombing on Germany. It is incredible in one sense to read how much slack there was in the German ecomony until the last days of the war: the sacrifices that Britain made in 1940 (such as killing zoo animals) were never made in Germany until the bitter end, if at all. German women were meant to remain in the kitchen, not building planes in factories, unlike in Britain, the US, and course Russia.

In asking how effective was the bombing campaign, the question is only worth asking to the extent alternative uses of the capital can be identified.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Grandslam Of A Book! 14 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
Once again, Max Hastings has hit the target 'right on the chin,' with his superb account of the RAF's strategic bombing campaign. Hastings attention to detail and objectivity is clearly evident in this well researched account of the RAF Bomber Command offensive against Germany. Hastings covers the activity of the bombers from the somewhat bumbling early activity of the RAF in 1939-41, when predominantly antiquated machines such as the Whitley & Blenheim were pressed into battle, often with disasterous results. He highlights the dismal levels of accuracy achieved 39-42, and the lack of navigational aids that meant that the RAF was initially unable to actually mount effective attacks against targets. Hastings goes on to detail the evolution of Bomber Command under Harris, into the extremely potent & hard hitting military organisation that it became. Every aspect is covered in great detail, from the experiences of aircrew at the sharp end, the devastating impact on German civilians, the strategy employed by both sides, the evolution of technology IE Gee, Oboe & H2S, & counter-measures such as window, the development of the German defences etc.
This excelent book is an essential addition to the bookshelf of any person interested in RAF Bomber Command & it's activities 1939-45. It is every bit as well researched, & readable as Patrick Bishop's superlative, "Bomber Boys."
Hastings provides an objective & thorough account that allows the reader to form his/her own conclusions as to the contribution that BC made to allied victory. On reading the book, it is impossible not to be impressed & full of respect & admiration for the many thousands of British, Australian, Kiwis, Canadians and other Common Wealth aircrew who served in Bomber Command 1939-45.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
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I always think of Max Hastings as that bloke on Question Time with the pinstripe suits that have the stripes just a little too wide.
Pity he has to waste his time with all that journalism, his real forte is military history and I think he should stick to it.
This is an extremely good book that manages to convey the appalling unreality that must have been the lot of bomber crews who knew they only had a few months to live - at best and yet conveys a proper appreciation of 'Bomber' Harris and his vital role in maintaining British morale when all we had to hit back at the Germans were the bombing raids of dubious accuracy and effectiveness. The sense of theatre that Harris brought to the job - with his 1,000 bomber raids and his uncompromising public statements - is well chronicled here.
But when Hastings describes the carnage of the raid at Darmstadt - a really boring little raid by Bomber Command standards - you feel real revulsion about what was done in the name of freedom.
Great stuff. Well worth buying.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very well researched and informative
Published 1 month ago by Mr Ian Parry
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad that the apologists have made up their minds without ...
A story that needed to be told and understood. Sad that the apologists have made up their minds without ever being in possession of the facts.
Published 1 month ago by Jeremy
5.0 out of 5 stars Bomber command
Great true story
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Rlp Tootle
4.0 out of 5 stars Brings out the folly of allowing someone in a huge ...
Brings out the folly of allowing someone in a huge position of authority to ignore views and orders from those seeing the bigger picture of war. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JOHN
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Bought as a present, appreciated
Published 3 months ago by J.Willy
5.0 out of 5 stars my sister enjoyed it very much she had a boy friend in ...
my sister enjoyed it very much she had a boy friend in bomber command
Published 3 months ago by joyce myatt
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
its fine
Published 4 months ago by Christopher M. Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars da bomb!
This is easily the best book I ever read (and re-read!) about the second world war. Hastings' obviously enormous and all-round knowledge about the subject matter is presented such... Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Baerends
4.0 out of 5 stars Exhaustive on the subjects it chooses to describe
Excellent on the British top brass and how the war developed for BC. He is unequivocal in his criticism of Bomber Harris and the higher commands who tolerated his single minded... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. John W. Dutton
2.0 out of 5 stars Bomber Command - a poor interpretation of the facts.
Max Hastings has a high reputation so I was disappointed with this version of WWII Bomber Command. Hastings starts out with a very biased view of the rights and wrongs of a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by RayB
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