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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.
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.Read more ›
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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Another great story from this well-known author. All you need to know about this brave group of airmen.Published 1 month ago by N
brilliant, came in a short period of time. great book, well researched. Bought to replace one lost on a plane. No complaintsPublished 3 months ago by Mr. Jeffrey Sutton
Yet again I purchase a book which max has written and all my time is spent on reading it as I yet again cannot put it down.The research he puts in to his books is phenomenal. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Very well written and thought proving, with a balanced well argued explanation for the events that took place.Published 3 months ago by Mr N Laidler
An incredible read, with accounts from people of the time - airmen and other combatants, as well as civilians, from both sides of the conflict bring the whole sorry saga of war to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Leigh
Outstanding book and with my Father having been a Pathfinder during WW II, this has been revelation to me. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael Peter Landon