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on 11 July 2011
a photographic record of war on the German home front

one of the best books I have seen / read in a very long time , although best is probably not the right word the book is not for the squeamish
it moved me
with all German text but mainly a photographic reference of the allied bombing and destruction inflicted on the civilian population of ancient towns and cities
, photographs you never see such as sound location unit working to recover and find those trapped under rubble within air shelters , concentration camp inmates helping to clear heavy rubble , political leaders and uniformed children working in the raids as more chemicals were poured on the fires by the next wave of bombers , the effect of specialist tall boy bombs dropped on children and civilians within shelters hiding underground away from the industrial areas ,shot down young allied bomber crews being walked through the rubble , the book is heavy going just looking and the photographs makes you question tactics of bomber command and the late war bombings of non military targets as the Germans were loosing and retreating on all fronts

a interesting note the author makes is with the air war causing such mass killing of the civilians young and old , the soldiers coming home on leave from the front saying wars over its finished and yet the survivors of the bombings would scream at them to fight to the last with themselves being prepared to fight over the last brick to the end , no wonder after having to build street funeral pyre`s on rail sleepers to dispose of the thousands of dead to prevent disease , which again are shown in this book , the book is not easy on the eye
the book should be in every college and titled the real war
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