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The Nuremberg Raid (ePub)

30-31 March 1944

WWII Aviation World War Two Aviation

By Martin Middlebrook
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
File Size: 11.6 MB (.epub)
Pages: 366
ISBN: 9781781598863
eBook Released: 3rd November 2015

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'On a clear, moonlit night in 1944, RAF Bomber Command launched a “maximum effort” raid on the German city of Nuremberg. It was a disaster. German night fighters got into the bomber stream early on, and the bombers suffered the highest losses of the war while the intended target was barely damaged. Using firsthand accounts, Mr. Middlebrook follows the planning, preparation and execution of the operation in meticulous detail, but he does more than that: Employing hundreds of eyewitness accounts, he shows the raid from the point of view of the German defenses and the civilians on the ground. Factual and analytical, this is a portrait of mechanized warfare at the level of personal experience.'

– Simon Mawer, Wall Street Journal

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This book describes one twenty-four-hour period in the Allied Strategic Bomber Offensive in the greatest possible detail. The author sets the scene by outlining the course of the bombing war from 1939 to the night of the Nuremberg raid, the characters and aims of the British bombing leaders and the composition of the opposing Bomber Command and German night fighter forces.

The aim of the Nuremberg raid was not unlike many hundreds of other RAF missions but, due to the difficulties and dangers of the enemy defences and weather plus bad luck, it went horribly wrong. The result was so notorious that it became a turning point in the campaign. The target, the symbolic Nazi rally city of Nuremberg, was only lightly damaged and 96 out of 779 bombers went missing.

Middlebrook recreates the events of the fateful night in astonishing detail. The result is a meticulous dramatic and often controversial account. It is also a moving tribute to the bravery of the RAF bomber crews and their adversaries.

On a clear, moonlit night in 1944, RAF Bomber Command launched a “maximum effort” raid on the German city of Nuremberg. It was a disaster. German night fighters got into the bomber stream early on, and the bombers suffered the highest losses of the war while the intended target was barely damaged. Using firsthand accounts, Mr. Middlebrook follows the planning, preparation and execution of the operation in meticulous detail, but he does more than that: Employing hundreds of eyewitness accounts, he shows the raid from the point of view of the German defenses and the civilians on the ground. Factual and analytical, this is a portrait of mechanized warfare at the level of personal experience.

Wall Street Journal

On a clear, moonlit night in 1944, RAF Bomber Command launched a “maximum effort” raid on the German city of Nuremberg. It was a disaster. German night fighters got into the bomber stream early on, and the bombers suffered the highest losses of the war while the intended target was barely damaged. Using firsthand accounts, Mr. Middlebrook follows the planning, preparation and execution of the operation in meticulous detail, but he does more than that: Employing hundreds of eyewitness accounts, he shows the raid from the point of view of the German defenses and the civilians on the ground. Factual and analytical, this is a portrait of mechanized warfare at the level of personal experience.

Simon Mawer, Wall Street Journal

This air operation was to finish over a half a year prolonged battle between RAF Bomber Command and Luftwaffe. As the whole air battle of Berlin 1943-1944 was the bloodiest part of British strategic bomber offensive in the years of World War II, the Nuremberg raid became the costliest of it – more than one hundred airplanes were shot down or written off, more than seven hundred aviators were killed or captured. Perhaps, it's symbolical that the only Victoria Cross of air battle of Berlin was won in this raid, and it was awarded posthumously.
Martin Middlebrook – one of the most known modern military historians – in his usual detailed manner, by thorough study of an eye-witnesses accounts (from both Allied and German sides) and meticulously analyzed archive sources, restored a full picture of the drama which took part in the war-thorn sky of Europe on the night of 30/31 March, 1944. The derived result shows: even though every sortie against the targets in the Third Reich was a drama itself, mistakes in planning on the Nuremberg raid made by Bomber Command HQ staff, unfavorable weather and actions of German night fighters turn this drama into tragedy

Mykhaylo Akimov

About Martin Middlebrook

Martin Middlebrook needs no introduction. Author of 16 books, including The First Day on the Somme, he is well known for his detailed research and clarity of style. His books include The Peenemunde Raid; Your Country Needs You, (both Pen and Sword Books), Task Force: The Falklands War and The Fight for the Malvinas.

Martin's late wife Mary Middlebrook played an active part cooperating with her husband’s literary activities, particularly with photography and artwork.

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