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on 29 April 2013
This is an excellent and gripping account of the story of the disaster that was Nuremburg. The detailed statistics of the raid have been more than adequately dealt with in previous publications; the story here is told, as it should be, by the men who took part and the effect it had on them, written by a man who experienced war operations personally. I agree with a previous reviewer that errors have crept into the text (Wrattling Common should have read Wratting Common), but mistakes of this nature appear to be prevalent in recently-published books on the RAF.

This book is a must for those interested in Bomber Command operations in World War II.
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As a modern German city, Nuremberg held great significance for the Nazis as the location for their major political rallies.

Wartime Allied policy was after 1941 to destroy as much of German industry, its infrastructure and transport systems as was possible with the view to shorten the War and to cause German surrender. It was politically a hot potato at the time and has remained so since. Certain town and cities may not have fitted into the main parameters but were politically important and that was Nuremburg's fate.

It was also one of the best defended locations in Germany and the death toll of airmen was very high and was even more catastrophic for its population as most of the city was eventually destroyed. This book is that story. Its author is John Nichol, the airmen's modern day equivalent who fought and was captured in the first Iraqi war.
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on 14 December 2015
In my opinion Martin Middlebrook produced the classic version of the raid. John Nicholson gives the reader an appreciation of the level of fear experienced and sheer courage displayed by aircrew. So relieved to survive a terrifying sortie with the realisation the next trip could be their last.John's sympathetic nature and experience as an airman was the perfect qualification for this excellent book.
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on 1 August 2017
An horrific story of the Nuremberg air raid. It's hard to imagine the devastating loses in Bomber Command in one single mission. Then after the war their heroism was forgotten. This is a well researched book with snippets from some of the brave men who flew on that raid .
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on 13 October 2016
Well-researched and well-written story of Bomber Command's costliest raid, and a reminder of what the aircrews contributed to WW11.
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on 13 February 2014
Chose this volume to learn more about WW2.
My mother served in the Land Army, she had many friends who served overseas, and also refugees to Britain.
As a result, I have always been interested in the amazing accounts of what our "parents" did on our behalf.
The Great War, also has implications in our family.
My Grandfather fought on the Somme.
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on 10 May 2016
A brilliant acount of the strategic bomber offensive against Nazi Germany. John Nichol has triumphed aagain.
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on 6 April 2017
An intimate and thought provoking read.
A door open ajar, to a world where we who came after can only marvel at the bravery of these ordinary men and women who became heroes.
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on 23 April 2016
A real gripper of a book. My first John Nichol book - and i've become a fan.
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on 25 September 2017
Harrowing but pays great respect to those brave men who gave all for us.
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