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The Bomber War

Post by Andy H » 19 Apr 2002 20:22

Has anbody read this book by Robin Neillands, and what were your thoughts on it.

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Post by Erich » 19 Apr 2002 20:44

Cheshire :

What is the ISBN # ? pages ? date ?

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Post by Andy H » 19 Apr 2002 20:49

Hi Erich

ISBN 0-7195-5644-9
406 Pages long plus appendices
Published in 2001

What's the Motto for Oregon?

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Post by Erich » 19 Apr 2002 20:53

What's the motto ? sorry don't understand...

thanks, I'll look for the book, and I am supposing it is covering all events both day and night over the UK as well as the Reich ?

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Post by Andy H » 19 Apr 2002 21:03

Yep it covers the Allied Bomber offensive from '39-'45.

The motto question was in regards to your State of Oregon's motto


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Post by Marcus » 19 Apr 2002 21:07

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"The Bomber War: The Allied Air Offensive Against Nazi Germany" by Robin Neillands is available at for example Amazon (click the cover above).

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Post by Erich » 19 Apr 2002 21:09

Another question is does it cover the LSNF Mosquitos and their attacks over Berlin in 44-45 ?

Oregon, hmm actually I live in the southern half which is the state of Jefferson really.........

Motto, well we are called the Beaver state because of the abundant wildlife and all the streams.

Motto is "The Union" guess we are all unified which isn't true at all. As there is quite a bit of dissention in my part of the region and for over 25 years there has been talk of splitting the state at about the midway point and continuing as far south as Redding California. Sorry about the history lesson.

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Post by Pumpkin » 20 Apr 2002 13:35

Visit

http://members.tripod.com/~Sturmvogel/WarEcon.html

and look at the bottom of the page for the "U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey", (parts of) an investigation performed by the US Airforce in 1947 about the effects of the bombing campaign.

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Post by subskipper » 20 Apr 2002 15:29

I'vr read the book and I liked quite a lot actually. At first it was meant as an examination of the accusations against "Bomber" Harris, but as he says in the introduction, it became more of a general study of the bomber war against Germany as a whole, but it is quite obvious that he is countering some of the critique aimed at the aerial offensive in general and Bomber Command in particular. It is IMO a very interesting book, and I think the author raises some very interesting points in regards to the morals of carpet bombing. It features naratives from veterans as well as a very good overview of the war in the air.

Unfortunately I don't really remember how much detail he gives about the Mosquito squadrons, but he doesn't dive into the subject too deeply.

The chapters included are:

1. The advent of the Bomber, 1914-1939
2. Blitzkrieg and the Blitz, 1939-1941
3. The Scientific Air War, 1939-1942
4. The Aircrews, 1940-1943
5. Harris takes Command, 1942
6. The Defences of Germany, 1939-1942
7. Enter the Mighty Eighth, 1942
8. Towards a Combined Offensive, August 1942-January 1943
9. Bombing around the Clock, 1943
10. The Great Raids: The Dams to Ploesti, August 1943
11. The Great Raids: Schweinfurt-Regensburg to Peenemünde, 1943
12. The Pointblank Directive, June 1943
13. The Battle of Berlin and Big Week, November 1943-March 1944
14. Overture to OVERLORD, January-June 1944
15. The Destruction of Germany, September 1944-February 1945
16. Dresden, February 1945
17. The road to Hiroshima, February-August 1945
18. Moral Issues and the Bomber War, 1999-2000



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Post by Erich » 20 Apr 2002 17:14

Henric :

Thanks for listing the chapters for me. Well too bad it does appear that the book looks to be a simple overview of the Bomber campaign which there are plenty of books on the shelves already. Really wish someone would just do a book of just first person accounts from both sides from the beginnings in 1941 till may of 45....... someday ?
There is already too much of a proliferation of what if's and political aspect books......should we or why did we bomb and not technical informations delivered.

Yes ?

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Post by subskipper » 20 Apr 2002 17:19

Erich,

Well, maybe I was a little unclear. :) The book contains quite a few first person accounts, especially from Bomber Command crews. This is one of the strong points IMO, because the mix of facts and personal stories is very good. But as you say, it is quite "shallow" at times.



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Post by Erich » 20 Apr 2002 19:46

Hmmmmm....... well another reference is always good to cross check with the others.

thanks !

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