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4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential reading on WW2 Britain, 13 Oct 2009
This review is from: The Blitz Then and Now - Volume 3 (Hardcover)
What positive things cannot be said about the After the Battle series? All of their books have become the benchmark for WW2 research and once purchased, these books rarely remain on the shelf, as they are essential reference works with a great level of detail and rare photographs.

As has been said, the trilogy on the Blitz are breath-takingly impressive and form a worthy tribute to the victims of the Luftwaffe. Their large pagination and detail-packed format mean they enable both a definitive, national-level, detailed overall history of strategy and tactics plus a local study of towns and people, something that regular sized books are physically unable to do. A detailed index also enhances the reference aspect of the book(s).

The text is intelligently and soberly written and despite on first appearance it seeming like a mass of words, the text is broken down into managable chronological and subject sections.

My only criticisms (and why this review is four star rather than five stars like the previous two volumes in the series) are: the binding is not strong enough and several of the pages started to come loose after a few years, early in its use. My other more frustrating criticism of the third Blitz volume is that when it comes to the important V-weapon period, it break away from the detailed record-based research and chiefly switches to a schoolboys' diary to chronologically describe the period. This is perhaps interesting from a sociological point of view but not very useful for factual reference: it is almost as if the publishers ran out of money/steam and used the diary as filler.

Nonetheless these books are worth every single penny - just bite your tongue and don't look at the price - you won't regret it. I have thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy over the last 20 years and always use it for reference. Highly recommended.
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The Blitz Then and Now - Volume 3 by Winston G. Ramsey (Hardcover - 1 Feb 1990)
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