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The Bomber Command War Diaries (Paperback)

An Operational Reference Book, 1939–1945

Aviation WWII

By Chris Everitt, Martin Middlebrook
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 808
Illustrations: 50
ISBN: 9781783463602
Published: 2nd April 2014
Last Released: 14th September 2020



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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.

Read the full review here

Books Monthly

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

About Chris Everitt

Chris Everitt is now deceased.

About Martin Middlebrook

Martin Middlebrook has written many other books that deal with important turning-points in the two world wars, including The First Day on the Somme, Kaisers Battle, The Peenemnde Raid, The Somme Battlefields (with Mary Middlebrook), The Nuremberg Raid 30-21st March 1944 and Arnhem 1944 (all republished and in print with Pen and Sword).
Martin Middlebrook is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and lives in Lincolnshire.

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