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Book Title: Bomber Command (Pan Military Classics)|
The size of the: 34.16 MB
Edition: Pan Publishing
Date of issue: September 1st 2010
ISBN 13: 9780330513616
The author of the book: Max Hastings
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:Let’s acknowledge the truth, the Royal Air Force was unfairly scorned at the end of WWII for their efforts. In fact, you could say they were (view spoiler)[ROYALLY FUCKED! (hide spoiler)] Poorly served by their leaders, the RAF was never appropriately recognized for their lonely, bloody night fight against the Third Reich, for years the only way the western allies could take the war to Germany. Bomber Command gets 5 explosive-filled “Tall Boy”Stars for this clear-eyed accounting of the RAF over Europe in WWII. A complete understanding of the air war in the ETO has to start here.
In reality, the RAF was the victim of the politicians’ refrain: “I was for it before I was against it.” Everybody, from Churchill on down to the man in the street was in favor of the bombing campaign. And “Bomber” Harris, the head of Bomber Command was the perfect choice, single-mindedly committed to the destruction of German cities, regardless of any other target desired by the allied commanders.
In the beginning, the Brits would take bombs home rather than have a potential miss and hit a civilian. They tried precision bombing during the day. Losses were tremendous and there was no way to continue. So they were confined to night and stayed there until almost the end of the war. Hastings jumps between telling the bomber crew stories by following various squadrons through their missions and then jumping to the command level to see why the airwar was fought as it was. The losses, even at night, are staggering and you get a look at the German defensive side as well. Hastings tells the story of Darmstadt, one German town that suffers a strike late in the war, when the allies had a sledgehammer in the USAAF and RAF air forces, smashing cities with incredible force.
In the end, the RAF does not get a campaign medal for their sacrifice and get blamed for carrying out their orders. A excellent history and highly recommended.
Read information about the authorSir Max Hugh Macdonald Hastings, FRSL, FRHistS is a British journalist, editor, historian and author. His parents were Macdonald Hastings, a journalist and war correspondent, and Anne Scott-James, sometime editor of Harper's Bazaar.
Hastings was educated at Charterhouse School and University College, Oxford, which he left after a year.After leaving Oxford University, Max Hastings became a foreign correspondent, and reported from more than sixty countries and eleven wars for BBC TV and the London Evening Standard.
Among his bestselling books Bomber Command won the Somerset Maugham Prize, and both Overlord and The Battle for the Falklands won the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Prize.
After ten years as editor and then editor-in-chief of The Daily Telegraph, he became editor of the Evening Standard in 1996. He has won many awards for his journalism, including Journalist of The Year and What the Papers Say Reporter of the Year for his work in the South Atlantic in 1982, and Editor of the Year in 1988.
He stood down as editor of the Evening Standard in 2001 and was knighted in 2002. His monumental work of military history, Armageddon: The Battle for Germany 1944-1945 was published in 2005.
He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Sir Max Hastings honoured with the $100,000 2012 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.
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