6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Masterly in its breadth, yet an easy read,
This review is from: Lancaster: The Second World War's Greatest Bomber (Hardcover)
Don't be put off by the book's comic style cover, this is a serious and comprehensive study of the Avro Lancaster heavy bomber of WWII. Not only is the development and use of the Lancaster described in great detail but the book also presents a detailed study of the operations of Bomber Command throughout the war. The rights and wrongs of the area bombing strategy are discussed in a balanced way as are the strengths and weaknesses of the head of bomber command, and just one of the strategy's main proponents, Sir Arthur Harris. Despite the breadth of the material, Leo McKinstry manages to present it in an easy to read style that is always fresh. I'd say it's a 'must read' for all those interested in WWII bomber aircraft and the strategy and tactics of the air war.