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The Bomber Command War Diaries: An Operational Reference Book 1939 - 1945 [Hardcover]

Martin Middlebrook , Chris Everitt
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3 Feb 2011
This fantastic reference book was originally published in 1985 and is recognised today as an unrivalled detailed source of information on Bomber Command's war. With details of each operation laid out in diary form, it includes the target, the numbers and types of aircraft involved as well as the success of the operation and the aircraft lost. The book concludes with a statistical section on losses suffered by bomber Command and the operational successes of the individual units. Bomber Command War Diaries is a classic work of reference on World War 2. Every single operation which RAF Bomber Command mounted during the war throughout enemy Europe is listed, from the first day of the war to within a few hours from its end. This operational reference book will be invaluable work for all those interested in World War 2 as well as all those researching family history for their relatives who served with Bomber Command during the war.

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  • Hardcover: 804 pages
  • Publisher: Midland Publishing; Reprint edition (3 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857803353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857803358
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 6.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 566,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bomber Command - a reference book 20 Feb 2009
This is strictly a reference book - to read alongside any account of Bomber Command operations or as a reference for factual information on pretty well all Bomber Command operations in the course of WW2. Not light reading, in any sense of the word. About 700 pages. Very much for the student of Bomber Command in WW2 for factual information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable and copious 14 Feb 2012
This is one of the most useful books I have found on this topic and, having spent a month in the archives at Kew reading through Squadron ORB's I cannot praise this enough. Sensibly laid out and with clear to follow sub-filing on the size of the raid, whilst still following a linear progression, this book also features skilled commentaries at key stages of the war. Therefore the book can be read from cover to cover and thereby show how Bomber Command became an increasingly effective machine of war, or it can be dipped into as a reference book.

This is a weighty book both by research and physical size and I regard it as indispensible in any library of the air war. I discovered this book when I was in the "Lit and Phil" researching my own book on Guy Gibson (kindle Heroes of the RAF - Guy Gibson VC (Hereoes of the RAF) book Heroes of the RAF - Guy Gibson) and when I reluctantly returned it it was the first book I added to my own library.

Well written (not just lists) and with the odd humorous research (I loved the German farmer claiming compensation from an RAF created splinter damaging his cow's udder) this book was an inspired choice by the publisher and I can only salute the massive research that must have gone into it. Operational Record Books of the RAF are a very moveable feast in terms of compilation and what they choose to record, this book stands as a monument to the whole idea, and shows the huge effort put in by Bomber Command and the heroism faced by those men in the deadly skies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent source 4 Aug 2011
By John
If you want to know the detail of Bomber Commands operations in Europe throughout WWII this is the book for you. My late father served in Bomber Command but never spoke to me about his experiences. This excellently researched volume in conjunction with his Log Books has enabled me to more fully appreciate and understand his incredible experiences and understand him a little more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bomber Boys Bible 23 Jun 2013
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This is a reference book absolutely essential to anyone who has an interest in bomber command in WW2. Great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gift 18 Feb 2013
It was a gift for my husband's birthday - he was thrilled.
He has many books on WW2, and has been using this one to cross reference others.

Service was quick and the item was well wrapped - condition exactly as described. Thank you very much.
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