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Bomber Command's air offensive against the cities of Nazi Germany was one of the most epic campaigns of World War II. More than 56,000 British and Commonwealth aircrew and 600,000 Germans died in the course of the RAF's attempt to win the war by bombing. The struggle in the air began meekly in 1939 with only a few Whitleys, Hampdens, and Wellingtons flying blindly through the night on their ill-conceived bombing runs. It ended six years later with 1,600 Lancasters, Halifaxes, and Mosquitoes, equipped with the best of British wartime technology, blazing whole German cities in a single night. Bomber Command, through its fits and starts, grew into an effective fighting force. In Bomber Command, originally published to critical acclaim in the U.K., famed British military historian Sir Max Hastings offers a captivating analysis of the strategy and decision-making behind one of World War II’s most violent episodes. With firsthand descriptions of the experiences of aircrew from 1939 to 1945 - based on one hundred interviews with veterans - and a harrowing narrative of the experiences of Germans on the ground during the September 1944 bombing of Darmstadt, Bomber Command is widely recognized as a classic account of one of the bloodiest campaigns in World War II history. Now back in print in the U.S., this book is an essential addition to any history reader's bookshelf.

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Bomber Command is Sir Max Hastings’ classic account of one of the most controversial struggles of World War II: the British air offensive against the cities of Nazi Germany.

Synopsis:

Sir Max Hastings, recipient of the 2012 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing, has written one of the classic accounts of World War II. 
 
Upon publication, Bomber Command, winner of the Somerset Maugham Prize, attracted controversy but today is widely considered a classic account of one of the longest and bloodiest campaigns of World War II.  This work, in Hastings’s characteristic prose, profiles the harrowing experiences of Bomber Command’s aircrew from 1939–45, the entire length of the air war of Europe, as well as the controversy surrounding the development and implementation of area bombing. Written from a vast collection of documents, letters, diaries, and interviews from many surviving senior officers, Bomber Command remains an important contribution toward understanding one of the most violent struggles of the war.

About the Author

Sir Max Hastings is a famed British journalist and military historian who has served as a foreign correspondent for the Evening Standard and as editor-in-chief of the Daily Telegraph. Currently, he writes columns for the New York Review of Books, the Daily Mail, the Guardian, and the Sunday Times and is also the bestselling author of numerous history books on World War II, the Korean War, and the Falkland Islands.www.maxhastings.com

Table of Contents

Foreword
Prologue: Norfolk and Heligoland Bight, 18 December 1939
Chapter I In the Beginning, Trenchard: British Bomber Policy, 1917–40
Chapter II 82 Squadron, Norfolk, 1940–41
Chapter III 10 Squadron, Yorkshire, 1940–41
Chapter IV Crisis of Confidence, 1941–42
Chapter V The Coming of Area Bombing, 1942
Chapter VI 50 Squadron, Lincolnshire, 1942 
1. Harris Conducts an Overture
2. Operations
Chapter VII Protest and Policy, 1942–43 
1. Dissent
2. Casablanca—The Airmen Victorious
3. The Tools of Darkness
Chapter VIII 76 Squadron, Yorkshire, 1943 
1. The Ruhr
2. Hamburg
3. Courage
 
Chapter IX The Other Side of the Hill: Germany 1940–44 
1. The Destruction
2. The Defenses
Chapter X Bomber Command Headquarters, Buckinghamshire
Chapter XI Conflict and Compromise, 1943–44 
1. The Battle of Berlin
2. The American Breakthrough
Chapter XII Pathfinders: 97 Squadron, Lincolnshire, 1944
Chapter XIII “A Quiet Trip All Round”: Darmstadt, 11/12 September 1944
Chapter XIV Saturation
Chapter XV The Balance Sheet
Appendix A Bomber Command sorties dispatched and aircraft missing and written off, 1939–45
Appendix B Specifications and performance of the principal aircraft of Bomber Command and Luftwaffe night-fighters, 1939–45
Appendix C Letter to Sir Norman Bottomley, Deputy Chief of Air Staff, from Sir Arthur Harris
Appendix D Comparison of British and German production of selected armaments, 1940–44
Appendix E Schedule of German cities subjected to area attack by Bomber Command, 1942–45
Appendix F Comparison of Allied and German aircraft production, 1939–45
Bibliography and a note on sources
Notes and references
Glossary of ranks, abbreviations and codenames
Acknowledgments
Index 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780760345207
Author:
Hastings, Max
Publisher:
Zenith Press
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World History-England General
Subject:
World War 2
Subject:
the raf
Subject:
ww2
Subject:
Military - United States
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Zenith Military Classics
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 maps and 5 diagrams
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Bomber Command is Sir Max Hastings’ classic account of one of the most controversial struggles of World War II: the British air offensive against the cities of Nazi Germany.

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Sir Max Hastings, recipient of the 2012 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing, has written one of the classic accounts of World War II. 
 
Upon publication, Bomber Command, winner of the Somerset Maugham Prize, attracted controversy but today is widely considered a classic account of one of the longest and bloodiest campaigns of World War II.  This work, in Hastings’s characteristic prose, profiles the harrowing experiences of Bomber Command’s aircrew from 1939–45, the entire length of the air war of Europe, as well as the controversy surrounding the development and implementation of area bombing. Written from a vast collection of documents, letters, diaries, and interviews from many surviving senior officers, Bomber Command remains an important contribution toward understanding one of the most violent struggles of the war.
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