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An outstanding account of a Bomber Raid,
This review is from: The Nuremberg Raid: 30-31 March 1944 (Hardcover)
I first read this book many, many years ago when it was first published. I have read it countless times and the book is, in my view, one of the finest and most detailed books ever written about a single RAF Bomber Command Area Raid. Martin Middlebrook is a very meticulous researcher and he presents the results of his research in a very readable and understandable fashion on every page. The book is certainly a fine testiment to the outstanding courage of the young Bomber crews in the face of increasing odds against their survival, and to the German nightfighter crews tasked with defending their homeland. The raid is analysed in great detail and the reader is taken through the reasons why the raid was planned and the preparations at each Bomber staion. The chapters dealing with the raid itself are sobering as Bomber after Bomber is shot down well before the target is even reached. Middlebrook's analysis of all the factors which conspired to give the raid its notoriety ie 96 Bombers shot down with in excess of 500 men dead,and the target hardly touched, is masterly.
I highly recommend this very readable and highly researched book.