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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Whittles Publishing; First printing. edition (27 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849950008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849950008
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 17.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 493,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...contains significant new information and fresh analysis of the main Luftwaffe air raids, including many previously unpublished photographs.' The Scots Magazine '...descriptions of attacks and targets make fascinating reading with easy-to-follow lists of the Luftwaffe's key Scottish targets... ...shows a depth of knowledge that's as impressive as some of Britain's best-known military warfare writers. ...easy to understand and breaks up the subject into sections and with superb images that deliver a concise and detailed account of a very important, and largely ignored, part of the German war on Britain.' The Knocknews and Regional Adertiser 'It is truly a must-read.' Irvine Herald '...an excellent book which sets out an engaging, measured and carefully researchedaccount of the air war over Scotland during World War II. ...Les Taylor is to be chronological treatment of his subject. ...succeeds in throwing new and unexpected light on the subject.' Undiscovered Scotland '...is a long-overdue publication that goes a long way to help our understanding of the German bombing campaign over Scotland during World War Two and answers some important questions. ... The book includes some previously unpublished photographs, plenty of clear, detailed full page maps, Bibliography, good index, and 144 pages. Without a doubt to be kept handy on your bookshelf. Highly recommended.' Wargames Illustrated

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Walker on 27 Dec. 2010
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This is a fairly thin volume in terms of the number of pages (144, including appendices and Index) but packed with photos and details; for example, there is a list of all Luftwaffe planes shot down over Scotland, with location, date and captain's name.
The book starts with an interesting piece about the theory that bombing of an area could demoralise civilian morale and undermine the war effort. The approach is then chronological. Dates are supplied for each air raid and its target, although this is only the name of a city or town so you can find out that Renfrew was attacked on the 14th October 1940 but no further detail is given in most cases. However, the main text does pick out some of the attacks for more detailed discussion. Space is limited, however and even a major raid like Clydebank in March 1941 is covered in 3-4 pages (together with some good maps and photos). The role this book is playing, therefore, is as an overview in a single volume, which is extremely valuable as I have not been able to find anything equivalent to this. If you are interested in a specific raid like Clydebank there is a book dedicated to that ("River of Fire" by John Macleod).
Much of the action takes place on the east coast, including numerous raids on Aberdeen, Peterhead and Fraserburgh, as well as the Firth of Forth and Orkney. I'd say you should probably regard this as a reference book rather than something you will read through page-by-page, paragraph-by-paragraph.
In terms of balance this book is slanted towards the actual war in the air, and defences against it like radar, rather than the effects on the civilian population, but the clue is in the title!
The only other book I have come across containing similar information is "This Time of Crisis" by Andrew Jeffrey, which has a chapter on the air attacks on the west of Scotland.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G.I.Forbes on 2 Dec. 2012
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On 16 October 1939 I was walking home from school when a number of bombers flew over(later identified as German) on their way to bomb the Forth Bridge and later that month my father took me to see the downed Humbie Heinkel.Exciting times. Both these episodes are well documented by the author.
This is a very important book as it describes are listed and a chronology in 8 chaptersin detail the problems Scotland had with German bombers from 1939-45. All the 89 locatios that were hit (some many times)are listed and a chronology in 8 chapters gives the details.
Lists of casualties and German plane losses are given.
One small note is needed-on page 119 the area of Edinburgh bombed on 18 July 1940 was Marchmont,I know becsuse I was there.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K. Bryers on 25 Jun. 2010
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In this very welcome volume, Les Taylor throws light on a neglected subject. Much of the information, though it has appeared elsewhere, deserves to be much better known, such as story of the Luftwaffe's last ever attack - attempted on 21 April 1945 by KG 26 against shipping off north-east Scotland. The narrative is complemented by tables, including a comprehensive list of air raids on Scotland and a list of most of the Luftwaffe's losses. Many of the well-selected photographs appear to be previously unpublished. Minor quibbles are over the hyphenation of German aircraft designations (e.g. He-111 instead of He 111) and `Shetland Fighter Flight' rather than Fighter Flight, Shetlands and Fighter Flight, Sumburgh. It would have been useful to have had referenced sources in the text but there is an index and a bibliography. Surprisingly, the author does not seem to have refered to primary sources. Whilst I suspect the author may not be responsible for the fanciful cover art, which superimposes a Fw 200 Condor over the Forth Railway Bridge, he is to be congratulated on his work, which represents excellent value for money and is a `must have' for anyone interested in Scottish, British or simply WW2 history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Jan. 2011
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It is often said; “To the victor go the spoils” but what is more often overlooked is that same victor’s ability to write history in the way he wished it really had happened rather than tell any uncomfortable truths. Even to this day there are certain historical subject which are SIMPLY NOT TAUGHT in the schools of certain countries because of a shame of what that country did in the past… The only way in which a wider audience is able to discern what really did happen and why is through the efforts of authors like Les Taylor who take it upon themselves to uncover the facts about whatever aspect of a particular conflict has taken a firm grasp of their interest. With such a self-appointed task, however, goes certain responsibilities.

As a shipwreck historian, I am well aware of the sinking of the Royal Oak in Scapa Flow by U 47 on 14 October 1939. That operation was so secret that Admiral Doenitz told nobody - not even his fellow senior officers in other German services. It was, therefore, because of a coincidental routine reconnaissance patrol over Scapa Flow by German aircraft that the British fleet did not return there on that fateful night - thus denying U 47 of many more targets. That, however, was almost the sum total of my knowledge of Luftwaffe air operations over Scotland until I picked up this book.

Luftwaffe over Scotland is the very first full account of the horrific and violent attacks made on Scotland by the German Luftwaffe during WW2 and, as such, is yet another vital piece to one of the most complicated jigsaws of all time - the history of WW2. Having credited the author with that fact, I found he does tend to look for the more sinister reasoning behind every event.
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