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Targeting the Reich: Allied Photographic Reconnaissance Over Europe, 1939-1945 Hardcover – 5 Mar 2003

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Greenhill Books; 1st Edition edition (5 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853675466
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853675461
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 1.6 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,202,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reconnaissance was the key to air power in World War II and, inevitably, the Allied campaign to destroy Germany's means of waging war depended on an accurate of the identity and precise location of each particular target. The best way of obtaining such information from occupied Europe was by aerial photography. This valuable book, compiled and arranged by the leading authority on World War II aviation, brings together some of the most fascinating results of those aerial sorties over Europe. It includes more than 150 clear and precise photographs of targets - whether factories, railway yards, warships or troop concentrations - and Dr Price's captions to each image describe the significance of each picture and expose some of the clues which reveal the target's significance. Targeting the Reich is an authoritative and enthralling study of aerial warfare and a key to understanding the importance of reconnaissance in the gruelling campaign to bomb Germany into submission.

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By A. Horner VINE VOICE on 26 Jan. 2009
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A brilliant book with many excellent photographs and some good background narrative. It must be remembered that the quality of photography was nothing like today's standard yet the pictures don't fail to amaze the reader. Towards the end of the book there are some pictures where shadows are the giveaway of camouflaged targets - something I hadn't thought about. The lengths the Germans went to in an effort to hide things are amazing. I would recommend this book to any war 'buff'. It's great!
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HASH(0x8833f768) out of 5 stars A World War Two Eye in the Sky 2 Sept. 2004
By Bruce Trinque - Published on
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Certainly this is not a book for everyone, but I have a considerable liking for aerial photographs. I like the unconventional perspective such photographs give to places and events. Algred Price's "Targeting the Reich: Allied Photographic Reconnaissance Over Europe, 1939-45" provides a succinct text overview of British and US aerial reconnaissance techniques and technology, but the main focus of the book is the more than 150 photographs taken during reconnaissance missions, startling in their clarity and drama. We see bombing raids in progress, Nazi warships and airfields, camouflaged factories, V-1 launch sites ... Some of the photographs display what I can only call artistic merit, especially those with features casting sharp, dark shadows or those with extraordinary patterns of water wave action or land tracks. The terror and destruction of war is transformed into a harsh beauty.
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