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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.

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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 (61 customer reviews)
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18 of 18 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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The role and limitations of air power in WWII 24 Feb 2011
By John Middleton TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
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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68 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BOMBER COMMAND by MAx Hastings 28 Aug 2000
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Format:Paperback
...Yes, the campaign was costly, and yes, it was cruel, in tems of the number of Allied airmen who lost their lives. But pointless? No, and to say it was, does nothing but trivialise the huge loss of life endured by those who served in Bomber Command. The book itself is one of the more accurate portrayals of Bomber Command, and should be on the bookshelf of anyone who is interested in the subject. Sometimes brutally honest, and portraying facts that we might not like to admit, it nevertheless gives the whole story. We must not forget that Bomber Command provided us with the ONLY way to strike directly at Germany from June 1940 until June 1944, and the author readily acknowledges this fact when detailing occasions when things went wrong. Non-sensationalist and factual, overall, a good, recommended, buy.
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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 29 days ago by RayB
4.0 out of 5 stars Air raids over LONDON.
As I am of a certain age and remember the war very much as a young lad I am interested in this subject as I vividly remember night after night the aircraft over head,bombing... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Firebrand
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Max Hastings
I've got loads of MAX Hastings books on Kindle and in print. He's an awsome writer and worth every penny. Very well researched and readable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars A badly needed tribute and history
This is a book that had to be written as it debunks the bad comments by the chattering classes on the sacrifice of Bomber Command,it shows how they were our only form of attack for... Read more
Published 2 months ago by chris lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb history book.
This is a book which I could read time and time again, and each time find another interesting quote or chapter which I had missed in previous readings. Read more
Published 2 months ago by susan oldfield
5.0 out of 5 stars A factual and sometimes controversial examination of WW2's Bomber...
Max Hastings is the author of several books on WW2. To some, it was the Spitfire which was (improperly) credited with winning the War and to others it may have been Bomber Command. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andy_atGC
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
Eloquently describes Bomber Command's transformation during World War 2 - from little more than a glorified flying club at the start of the war, to a force capable of delivering... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good buy.
As always, Max Hastings writes extremely well and makes long train journeys pass quickly. As time goes by there may be fewer with an interest, alas.
Published 3 months ago by Professor J E Banatvala
5.0 out of 5 stars not for the germans
max hastings very good author and this makes very good reading the kindle makes these books easy to read so good value
Published 3 months ago by john killick
5.0 out of 5 stars exellent
Anyone who is interested in the second world war should read this. A thought provoking and sometimes disturbing account of Britain's air campaign
Published 4 months ago by colin latter
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