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makes you think....,
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This review is from: The Red Line: The Gripping Story of the RAF's Bloodiest Raid on Hitler's Germany (Hardcover)
...about what it cost to keep the free world free.
Meticulous research, and a very human approach to what is a story about young men who took as normal the kind of risks I couldn't comprehend.
well-written in a straightforward way, the simplicity of the "storyline" betrays the dreadful reality of Bomber Commands day in, day out battle over Germany. John Nichol's sympathy for his subjects is clear, and he has taken the "RAF's worst night" to highlight what they went through every time they took off, not just on this raid. And not just in the skies - the treatment these men received from their superiors when they couldn't take any more would be intolerable today, Nichol's examples of the RAF's attitude to battle fatigue are as chilling as the carnage in the air.
A well-researched, and extremely readable, account of a particularly bloody night, that pays an overdue tribute to 125000 heroes, 55000 of whom paid the highest price of all...