The Bomber Command War Diaries (Kindle)
An Operational Reference Book, 1939–1945
Bomber Command's campaign started on the very first day of the Second World War and ended within a few hours of the final victory in Europe five and a half years later. It was an attempt to win the war in Europe by strategic bombing on such an enormous scale that historians have only recently begun to piece together the finer details of the individual raids.
There have been many books about Bomber Command, but Martin Middlebrook, the aviation historian, and his research colleague, Chris Everitt, were the first to compile a complete review of all the raids and the background stories to this fascinating campaign. They undertook the gargantuan task not only of documenting every Bomber Command operation but also of obtaining information from local archives in Germany, Italy and the occupied countries, on the effects of the raids. Little of this material had been published previously, and never before had the two sides of Bomber Command's war been brought together in this way.
The Bomber Command War Diaries has become the standard basic work of reference on this extraordinary campaign. This edition includes retrospective observations and a new appendix.
This is a comprehensive and fascinating record of the complete operations of Bomber Command during the Second World War. Enough said.Books Monthly
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There is nothing to buff up or gloss over. The offensive was an all-consuming monster and it will divide opinions long after the last surviving participants have left us. It was, perhaps, the best and worst of human endeavour. Like other events of 20th Century British military history it has become the subject of interpretation and bias. We need straight records of genuine facts to keep all this nonsense in check. You will find it here. Originally published in 1985, the book had become something of a must have on the wants lists of historians. This revised paperback edition is most welcome. If the campaign by Bomber Command fills any part of your historical trail, then you need this book. Think of it as being like an atlas. All the routes are clearly marked and journeys end will be easily defined. How you choose to interpret it all is your own dilemma and the stuff of other books entirely.War History Online