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Terror from the Sky (Kindle)

The Battle Against the Flying Bombs

Aviation World War Two Aviation

By Graham A Thomas
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
File Size: 3.4 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781781594216
eBook Released: 16th April 2008

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In the summer of 1944 the Germans launched more than 10,000 flying bombs at Britain most of them towards London. Thousands of people were killed many more injured. RAF fighter pilots flew round the clock patrols desperately trying to shoot the robot rockets down and stop them from reaching their targets.
The introductory chapter of Buzz Bomb brings the reader right into the cockpits of the Tempests, Mosquitoes, Spitfires and Mustangs while setting the stage for the battle. From the launching pads in Northern France to panic in Whitehall as the menace grows, this book takes the reader through the day by day battle, not just with the pilots but also the Anti-Aircraft gunners who were blasting away at the flying bombs.
Recollections from people who survived the buzz bomb attacks bring the battle into life as people tell about their fears and experiences.
Was it a success? Was it worth the cost? Did it achieve it's objectives? Were all the efforts of the fighter pilots and gun crews trying to stop the dreaded flying bombs, worth it? Did they make a difference? Did they save lives? These questions will be answered in Terror from the Sky.

In the summer and autumn of 1944 the Air Defence of Great Britain was put to the unprecedented test – to withstand the first cruise rockets offensive campaign in the history of mankind. As four years earlier, the destiny of British Isles civil population again depended on few men who were in the fighters’ cockpits or manned the AA guns. More than 10,000 flying bombs were launched by Germans towards London and other cities, towns and ports.
Graham A. Thomas in his deep-detailed book follows the continuous fighter patrols, which resulted in day and night doodlebugs interceptions. Using archive documents and personal accounts, he leads the reader through the battle against V-1s to show how it was fought and whose exploits greatly reduced the effectiveness of Hitler’s Wunderwaffe saving thousands of lives from air terror menace.

Mykhaylo Akimov

In the summer and autumn of 1944 the Air Defence of Great Britain was put to the unprecedented test – to withstand the first cruise rockets offensive campaign in the history of mankind. As four years earlier, the destiny of British civil population again depended on few men who were in the fighters’ cockpits or manned the AA guns. More than 10,000 flying bombs were launched by Germans towards London and other cities, towns and ports.
Graham A. Thomas in his deep-detailed book follows the continuous fighter patrols, which resulted in day and night doodlebugs interceptions. Using archive documents and personal accounts, he leads the reader through the battle against V-1s with the only aim – to show how it was fought and whose exploits greatly reduced the effectiveness of Hitler’s first “Wunderwaffe” saving thousands of lives from air terror menace.

Mykhaylo Akimov

About Graham A Thomas

Graham A. Thomas is a historian specialising in British naval and maritime history in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He has also written on aerial warfare in the Second World War and Korea. He is currently the editor of the British Army Review, a quarterly journal on the doctrine and history of the British Army. His publications include Terror From the Sky: The Battle Against the Flying Bombs, Firestorm: Typhoons Over Caen, Operation Big Ben: Spitfires Dive-bombing V2 sites (with Craig Cabell), Pirate Hunter: The Life of Captain Woodes Rogers, Pirate Killers: The Royal Navy and the African Pirates and, with Craig Cabell and Allan Richards, Captain Kidd: The Hunt for the Truth.

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