This is one of the most important memoirs of WWII. Guy Gibson will always be remembered for leading the daring raid on the German Ruhr dams with a unique special bomb, but his illustrated memoirs cover so much more and provide a very important view into the life of pilots and commanders of RAF Bomber Command. – Most Highly Recommended.
NAME: Enemy Coast Ahead, The Illustrated Memoir of Dambuster Guy Gibson FILE: R3047 AUTHOR: Guy Gibson PUBLISHER: Greenhill Books, Pen & Sword BINDING: soft back PRICE: £9.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, World War Two, Second World War, 1939-1945, air war, strategic bombing, tactical bombing, RAF, Dambusters, 617 Squadron, Guy Gibson, Ruhr Valley, German war industry, heavy bombers, Lancaster bomber
PAGES: 435 IMAGE: B3047.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/uohbfmv LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This is one of the most important memoirs of WWII. Guy Gibson will always be remembered for leading the daring raid on the German Ruhr dams with a unique special bomb, but his illustrated memoirs cover so much more and provide a very important view into the life of pilots and commanders of RAF Bomber Command. – Most Highly Recommended. The end of the war, and the highly successful German propaganda around the Dresden bombing raid, resulted in the unforgivable neglect of Bomber Command crews and their heroic part in WWII. There will probably always be controversy about the part of bombing in the progress of the war. Certainly, the huge casualty figures for German civilians provokes some sympathy and the post war British 'liberal' attitudes did much to belittle the raw courage of service personnel. However, the ruthless Nazi government of Germany happily embarked on the use of terror bombing with a full dress rehearsal in Spain before the outbreak of WWII. Once the war began with their brutal invasion of Poland, the Luftwaffe was consciously and deliberately employed to create terror in the civilian populations of those neighbours they attacked. Cities were bombed in a show of force and refugees were bombed and machined gunned as they fled the invaders, partly to cause terror and partly to use their remains to delay enemy troop movements by blocking roads. The Germans embarked on a war where they naively thought they could bomb everyone else with impunity, but no one would bomb them back. In Britain, the Germans discovered a country that was prepared to fight back and to maintain a rapidly expanding bomber force that produced replacements and crews faster that the Germans could shoot them down, and where the aircraft became far more powerful than anything the Germans had in their armoury. German attempts to deliberately attack British heritage in cities such as Norwich, Coventry and London failed to break British resolve, only serving to build a British desire to return the attacks a hundred fold. However, Bomber Command sustained incredible losses and in 1942 were joined by the USAAF enabling the two air forces to attack around the clock. Bomb aiming equipment advanced significantly, bombs became more sophisticated and devastating, and aircraft ranged further into Germany in growing numbers. Guy Gibson and his crews were gathered together to use a very special weapon to destroy German dams in the Ruhr Valley. The night's attack was a huge propaganda victory, boosting British morale and shaking German confidence. There were also very practical benefits in disrupting German war production. Important as this raid was, it was not the start of Gibson's service or of Bomber Command and both continued after the attacks on the dams. Fortunately for history, Gibson managed to write his memoirs before his untimely death in September 1944. This is a moving and inspiring account that provides a very rare insight into the life of bomber commanders and crew in the greatest air battles ever fought. There is much illustration through the body of text and also a full colour photo-plate section.