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The Schweinfurt-Regensburg Mission: American Raids on 17th August 1943 (Cassell Military Paperbacks) Paperback – 6 Jul 2000


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (6 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304353442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304353446
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Feb. 2002
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Martin Middlebrook is undoubtedly the most accessible military historian writing about the strategically significant and subsequently highly controversial Allied strategic bombing campaign over Nazi Germany. In this volume he deploys his customary mix of detailed archival research, interviews with participants, and critical analysis to examine with his usual fluent style, the American daylight bombing raids over the vital German ball bearing and aero works in Schweinfurt and Regensburg. This was a crucial test of the USAAF doctrine that unescorted bomber groups could operate at long range and effectively precision bomb high-value strategic targets. Middlebrook not only provides a detailed and gripping blow by blow account of the raids themselves but also sets them in the context of the wider strategic and tactical debates about the use of airpower as the principal war winning weapon. Erudite, exciting and insightful, this is military history of the highest order appealing to both serious student and general reader alike. Once you've read this one, you'll probably want to go on and buy the set.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rogthedodge on 30 Jan. 2009
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As ever Martin Middlebrook provides an engaging, fantastically detailed and novel insight into this important event. Debunking some of the oft-repeated myths that have grown up around this mission he tells the story logically and with great sympathy and compassion.

A worthwhile adjunct to his excellent work on RAF Bomber Command's war.
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U.S. Air Force Navigator 22 April 2001
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Note--Middlebrook's book "The Schweinfurt Regensburg Mission" has nothing to do with Accounting. Amazon has the wrong reviews appearing with this title.
Absolutely essential reading for anyone wishing to understand American bombing operations and tactics in Germany during WWII. Middlebrook's research and attention to detail are first rate! He relies on original documents and "first-hand" accounts to paint a fresh portrait of these missions from the perspective of the American bomber crew, the German fighter pilots, and the people on the ground in Schweinfurt and Regensburg. Highest recommendation. For a great perspective on British night bomber tactics, try Middlebrook's "The Berlin Raids--RAF Bomber Command Winter 1943-44." An equally excellent companion volume.
An excellent telling of an incredible set of raids! 2 July 2008
By N. Trachta - Published on Amazon.com
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The Schweinfurt-Regensburg Mission is Mr. Martin Middlebrook's telling of the US dual raid in August 1943. I picked up this book because I've read many of his works on the RAF's night missions and I wanted to see how he did on a US day mission. As with his earlier works, this book can be divided into thirds; Pre-Mission (events leading up to the mission and about both sides), the Mission (launch thru recovery), and Post-Mission (usually his analysis of the mission and its effect).

My Likes:
Mr. Middlebrook always does an excellent job with aerial warfare. In the Pre-Mission section Mr. Middlebrook presents the case of why the Americans felt they were ready for a deep raid (the Pointblank Directive, but there's more to it) and the other deep raids the Americans had executed just prior. The Mission section provides great insight into the crews (from both sides) that operated during the mission and what was happening to them. I particularly liked how Mr. Middlebrook brought up how the Schweinfurt portion of the mission executed later than planned. The Post-Mission portion is where many writers fail and I'm glad to say that Mr. Middlebrook does a great job breaking down the results of the raid and speculating how things might have gone different. Arguably the best part of the book is the Appendices. Here we learn about the fate of the planes on the mission, which groups were damaged the most, and the general performance of the groups. In addition, Appendix 4 has the story of the wheels up B-17 (read it, it provides great clarity about what happened and the myth of the Bloody 100th). There are nice maps in the book (many history books could learn from this) and meaningful pictures.

My Dislikes:
The Pre-Mission section wasn't as good as The Battle of Hamburg: Allied Bomber Forces against a German City in 1943(the gold standard for his books). I really missed seeing a good description of the aircraft used by both sides. While I'm very familiar with both sides aircraft, Mr. Middlebrook had done the same in The Battle of Hamburg and I adds something to the story; besides, you might learn something. I also felt that the Schweinfurt portion of the book was a little rushed. I admit that doing two raids in one is very daunting, but I felt that he paid more attention to the Regensburg portion of the raid.

The Rating:
I'm going to open by saying that Mr. Middlebrook's works are always outstanding, and because of that I hold him to a different standard than most. Overall this is a solid 4.5 star book. It covers the missions better than many writers would have, his input is great, one of the few writers who provides oral history with good analysis. The maps are outstanding for aerial warfare. He shows us the path flown, when different aircraft were shot down and there's also the illustrations of the aircraft lost relative to groups (low, middle, high, and by the bombardment group they flew for). However, all of this said, I can't raise it to the 5 star level because of The Battle of Hamburg. That said, an outstanding 4 star book that is a great read with excellent analysis!
Amazing! 19 Dec. 2013
By Bradshaw Leigh - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is facts and first hand accounts. Over 300 pages to describe 1 day of warfare. Riveting My father Few as a Bombardier nose gunner in medium bombers. This book is about heavy bombers but it gave me a very clear account of WWII aerial warfare.
I wish I had read it while my father was still alive. Wish I could shake Mr. Middlebrook's hand and thank him myself.
Daughter of Pilot 12 April 2007
By R. Adams - Published on Amazon.com
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If you want to know the how's and why's and what happened you can't ask for better. My father was shot down in this raid and his crew and he taken POW. Mr. Middlebrook interviewed him and many other participants. Reading it gives you chills.
Five Stars 20 Mar. 2015
By william elliott - Published on Amazon.com
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all I expected.
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