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An outstanding account of a night raid which went wrong.,
This review is from: The Nuremberg Raid: 30-31 March 1944 (Hardcover)
I read this book back in 1987 (approx.) written in MM's very successful format of setting the scene of the raid and presenting the events as experienced by all concerned, the Luftwaffe, the RAF and "those under the bombs".
MM's research is masterful consulting a comprehensive range of records from both the then PRO, Bundesarchiv, Stat Archives to recall but a few.
the narrative of the raid is really something else, the unforeseen circumstances which left hundreds of contrails across the night sky which led the NJG force to the bomber stream and they fell on them with a vengeance shooting down almost a hundred four engineed bombers.
Middlebrook illustrates this narrative with a rich oral history of the raid provided by RAF and NJG aircrew , the maps diagrams are easy to follow,and as with all his books MM does set a benchmark in how history should be written.
Written back in the late 1970's this book has travelled very well and has not in slightest become dated or tired although in more recent times many of the RAF aircraft lost have become linked via research to the nightfighter crews which shot them down.
Excellent in every respect.