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Fighting the Bombers (Paperback)

The Luftwaffe’s Struggle Against the Allied Bomber Offensive

WWII Aviation Frontline Books Aviation in WWII

By David C Isby
Frontline Books
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781848328457
Published: 26th September 2016



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Fighting the Bombers is an unrivalled look at the Allied bombing campaign of the Second World War from the point of view of the Luftwaffe establishment and command.

The contributing authors were involved in all aspects of German attempts to stem the unrelenting bombardment from the RAF and the USAAF, from tactics in the sky to the long-term strategy and planning on the ground. Also examined is the development of the aircraft themselves and the use of sophisticated radio and radar equipment.

These reports were written immediately after the war, in 1945 and 1946, when most of the authors were prisoners of war and, for the most part, were prepared without the aid official documents and records. As such they represent a view not coloured by reflection or clouded with post-war politics.

The reports show the development of the Luftwaffe, particularly the tactics and equipment used in night flying, as the war progressed, and they give a clear understanding of the efforts undertaken to defend the Reich from aerial attack.

A wealth of statistical information and diagrams lifts this collection of interviews almost into the “Textbook” category. I recommend this book to all of you who are seriously interested in German WW2 (night) fighter operations and looking for hard, factual data combined with operational experiences.

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The Gava Gold Blog

Not a reference, this book provides an in-depth examination of the Luftwaffe’s effort to turn back the devastating attacks by Allied bombers. The sources are interviews, interrogations, and reports from German pilots, commanders, and aircraft developers. The text is necessarily dry. But if you are interested in the Allied bombing offensive and the German response, this book will be of interest.

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Highly Recommended.

This book is particularly valuable because it is based on the accounts of the Luftwaffe’s leading fighter pilots and senior officers, in their own words and sensitively edited into a single volume. These are the flyers who knew the German perception of the great air war over Germany and Occupied Europe in the greatest detail and strongest authority. As a perception, it also says much by what else is known but omitted from their accounts.

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About David C Isby

David Isby is a renowned military historian. He has edited Greenhill Books titles including Fighting the Invasion, Fighting the Breakout, Fighting in Normandy, Fighting the Bombers and The Luftwaffe Fighter Force.

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