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5.0 out of 5 stars The terror that stalks by night...
Bomber Command - the 'terrorflieger' - much maligned and their courage greatly to be admired, in my personal view. Max Hastings, as a journalist, can certainly make words meaningful. As an historian he has put together this well crafted, well researched book. Hastings goes to great lengths to be as accurate and as fair as possible, with a shrewd assessment of Arthur...
Published on 23 Mar 2009 by CherryBee

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3.0 out of 5 stars It show what a political war it was
With intransigent military people and politicians not having open mind sending young people off on impossible missions with defective equipment. Plus inter department rivalry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good buy., 14 April 2014
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As always, Max Hastings writes extremely well and makes long train journeys pass quickly. As time goes by there may be fewer with an interest, alas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars not for the germans, 9 April 2014
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max hastings very good author and this makes very good reading the kindle makes these books easy to read so good value
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5.0 out of 5 stars exellent, 17 Mar 2014
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Anyone who is interested in the second world war should read this. A thought provoking and sometimes disturbing account of Britain's air campaign
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Detail about individual Squadrons early operations, 9 Mar 2014
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Excellent book with loads of facts and interesting insights into how Bomber Command came into being and the trials and tribulations of the early war years.

I still have to finish the book (about 75% read) and recommend this to anyone who wants to understand the drama, politics and terror of flying these operations
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5.0 out of 5 stars Max Hastings at his historical best, 19 Feb 2014
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Having read previously of the courageous activities of the RAF aircrew it was interesting to to get the stories behind the Bombing war including the political elements.
Reinforces my view that the aircrews were betrayed by the politicians at the end in not being awarded a campaign medal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to imagine in todays world, 30 Jan 2014
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It is unimagineable in today's world that a country would tolerate the incredible losses night after night, year after year that were inflicted by this man 'Bomber Harris' and his defiance of War Ministry orders. This was genocide of the highest order on both sides of the fight. With an average loss rate of between 5%-10% per night and 30 raids per 'tour', just do the maths. Chances of survival were poor and tens of thousands of Allied airmen were killed on these suicide missions. On the German side this was little more than incessant carpet bombing of civilians, hundreds of thousands of whom were killed, wounded or at very least 'de-housed'.

The book is perhaps a bit repetitive but for anyone interested in this aspect of WW2 and how the bombing raids fitted in (or not!) to the overall military strategy it is a good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Download this., 28 Jan 2014
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We have downloaded this onto my partners xmas gift, he is really into history of world war 2, he loves it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars keeping the memory alive, 24 Jan 2014
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well balanced judgments of most issues that still affect the modern world. could be improved by more german orientated input
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read, 20 Jan 2014
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I enjoyed this book Max Hastings produces yet another historical master piece, I can encourage all interested in military history to read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bomber Command: Destruction of a myth, 18 Jan 2014
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Well written and clearly argued. A lot of challenges to the conventional views on Bomber Commands achievements in the war.
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