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The Nuremberg Raid: 30-31 March 1944 (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS) [Paperback]

Martin Middlebrook
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Bomber Command's raid on Nuremberg in early 1944 should have been a routine 'maximum effort' operation. It wasn't: it was a major disaster. The target was only lightly damaged and 96 of the 779 bombers dispatched went missing. Martin Middlebrook recreates the events of the night of 30-31 March in astonishing detail. He consults archives, corresponds with the raid's planners, interviews RAF and Luftwaffe aircrew as well as the German civilians in the areas that were bombed. It is a meticulous, dramatic and often controversial account. It is also a moving testimony to the bravery of both the RAF's bomber crews and their opponents.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (5 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304353426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304353422
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 12.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 510,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Classic account of a Bomber Command night raid on Germany that went horribly wrong

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Following his first book, The First Day on the Somme, Martin Middlebrook has published a series of books on major turning points in the two World Wars ¿ all classics of military history.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Martin Middlebrooks book, is the most absorbing and definitive book written on the exploits of both the RAF and the Luftwaffe of the war in the air during World War 2. Nuremburg was the night the RAF lost the most aircraft in 1 night. This book details the events from both sides, with first hand accounts of those who took part. It is without doubt the most absorbing book I have yet read on the subject. A masterpiece of research, written in such a way as to ensure the reader cannot fail to be moved by the events that unfolded on that night.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly moving 16 April 2006
Middlebrook's books on Bomber Command are all little masterpieces - but this tops them all. His familiar matter-of-fact style makes the pathos of the story all the more affecting. A book for gentlemen to read in private - because you will find it difficult to fight back the tears as the heart-rending disaster unfolds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chillingly absorbing 21 May 2007
I would only add to the synopsis that the personal accounts in this book make this whole episode real for those of us who were not alive at the time. From page 1 to the end, the facts will keep your interest. If you don't have an opinion about the arguement as to whether Bomber Command deserved a campaign medal, this will help you decide for yourself I'm sure..... READ THIS BOOK, you will be glad that you did...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece 14 Jan 2010
I bought this book when it was first published in 1973. It is one of the finest books ever written about RAF Bomber Command. It is meticulously researched and gives a very balanced view, from both sides, of a routine raid going very badly wrong through a number of factors. Any author attempting a like book would do no wrong by reading this book first. It is a masterpiece and I recommend it highly.
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