Images of War, Combined Round the Clock Bombing Offensives, Attacking Nazi Germany, Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

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This photo essay produces a very effective picture of the massive bombing offensive against Germany. The scale of the operation was unprecedented. England was covered with new airfields, from which the enormous fleets of RAF and USAAF bombers set off on their raids. In much of Eastern England there was an airfield every seven miles, and even closer in some areas. Highly recommended.

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NAME: Images of War, Combined Round the Clock Bombing Offensives, Attacking Nazi Germany, Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives
FILE: R2260
AUTHOR: Philip Kaplan
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 144
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: bombing, carpet bombing, area bombing, fire storms, USAAF, RAF, B-24, B-17, Lancaster Halifax, Sterling, Wellington, Wimpy, Mosquito, B-25, B-26, strategic bombing, P-38, P-47, P-51
ISBN: 1-78346-304-X
IMAGE: B2260.jpg
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LINKS: http://tinyurl.com/j5p2ky5
DESCRIPTION: This photo essay produces a very effective picture of the massive bombing offensive against Germany. The scale of the operation was unprecedented. England was covered with new airfields, from which the enormous fleets of RAF and USAAF bombers set off on their raids. In much of Eastern England there was an airfield every seven miles, and even closer in some areas. Highly recommended.

Much of these airfields has now been removed, the runways turned into crushed concrete, but some airfield buildings, and a few complete airfields, have been restored. Others were developed for use during the Cold War. Several had hospitals built almost alongside the runways so that the injured could receive the fastest treatment on their return.

The RAF bombers operated at night and rarely had any fighter escort. Later in the campaign some night fighters flew with the bomber streams, providing a level of protection but primarily tasked with locating and destroying parts of the German night fighter network. The USAAF operated in daylight and needed close fighter escort to their targets. The campaign cost a great many aircrew and their machines but large parts of Germany were devastated, impeding the German war effort, consuming guns that would otherwise have been available for anti-tank use, and shortening the war, possibly by more than two years. Some will argue that the campaign won the war by reducing the number of advanced weapons that could be produced and employed by Germany.

There is a very good selection of images and informative text in their support. This photo essay will appeal to all those with interests in the greatest global conflict.

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