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Bomber Command

By: Max Hastings
Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
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Summary

With an introduction read by Max Hastings. Bomber Command's offensive against the cities of Germany was one of the epic campaigns of the Second World War.

More than 56,000 British and Commonwealth aircrew and 600,000 Germans died in the course of the RAF's attempt to win the war by bombing. The struggle began in 1939 with a few score primitive Whitleys, Hampdens and Wellingtons, and ended six years later with 1,600 Lancasters, Halifaxes, and Mosquitoes razing whole cities in a single night. Max Hastings traced the developments of area bombing using a wealth of documnets, letters, diaries, and interviews with key surviving witnesses. Bomber Command is his classic account of one of the most controversial struggles of the war. Max Hastings, author of over 20 books, has been editor of the Daily Telegraph and the Evening Standard. He has received many awards for his journalism and was knighted in 2002.

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Superb

I did not think a book this long could hold my interest, but it certainly did. Superb research, skill and writing held me enthralled. The narration was skilful and a real pleasure to listen to. This is a magnificent but sad epic well told

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enlightening, very informative and opinionated.

full of information from both the offencive angle and the victims experiences giving the listener a clear picture to hold your own personal judgements.

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  • 17-06-18

Well Narrated, Very interesting listen.

Fantastic insight into the desparate situations these young men found themselves in. Full of facts and anecdotes from the airmen themselves. Also I was moved by the chapter towards the end detailing the accounts of what is was like to be on the receiving end of the bomber offensive. Well worth a read.

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Extensive, enlightening and enjoyable

As so often with Hastings' histories, I found my previously held notions on the subject are added too, amended and enhanced.Well worth the time and attention invested.

Special mention of narration by the always excellent Barnaby Edwards.

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Enthralling and thought-provoking

An extraordinary account of life within Bomber Command from the lowest echelons to the leaders. Sobering statistics regarding the tonnage of bombs rained down upon German civilians and seemingly pointless destruction of towns. Max Hastings leaves no stone unturned as usual in presenting a rounded case for consideration. We owe those airmen respect and recognition for their courage and selflessness

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  • 11-07-22

Compelling Listening

Sir Max Hastings delivers the absolute echelon of Historic WW2 Documentaries. The in-depth research and its delivery is astounding. This book details the personalities and politics determining the lives of so many both in the air and the resultant raw horror of civilian populations on the ground. A troubling catalogue of the necessary response to destroy Germanys War Machine in WW2 and to strive to bring peace for those of us that as a result survive and enjoy Freedom in our time. The narrative is well delivered and well paced giving many astonishing statistics and giving an insight to the characters and strategies employed in response to Nazi and Luftwaffe aggression.

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Brave Men doing their Job

Brilliantly told. I do not wish to pass judgement on this chapter in British history. Undoubtedly Harris was mid guided in his approach. His inability to allow debate or review was so disappointing.

Overall I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to everyone as history. We learn from past mistakes but only if we study the past and debate results. Harris didn't seem to understand this notion.

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  • 12-04-23

Lions led by donkeys

Brave young men asked to do what most people today wouldn’t have the mental fortitude to do, night after night. Another example of the bravest thrown under the bus by cowardly politicians and condemned by chattering post war revisionists. Isn’t it ever so?

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First Rate Account and Analysis

Detailed but highly listenable. A fascinating and masterful exposition of Hastings's thesis on bomber command's successes and failures as well as descriptions and accounts of life for the aircrew. Excellent narration.

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  • 21-05-15

Bang On Target!

An outstanding look at the history of Bomber Command during the second world war! A fantastically written book only equalled by the quality of the narrator this is an absolute must have for any World War 2 or aviation enthusiast.

This book helped dispel and clarify many myths and clear up just how effective and relevant the RAF bomber force was to the outcome of the conflict. Going in chronological order through the war years the facts and figures are balanced out nicely by looking at the history of a specific squadron for each year of the war.

It would be impossible to state how much I enjoyed this book apart from saying that although it took many hours to reach the end I instantly started it from the beginning again!

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