Bomber Command Reflections Of War Series of books


Bomber Command - Reflections of War series of books

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Contents:
- Bomber Command: Reflections of War - Volume 1 - Cover of Darkness 1939 - May 1942 - By Martin Bowman..
- Bomber Command: Reflections of War - Volume 2 - Live to Die Another Day (June 1942 - Summer 1943) - By Martin Bowman..
- Bomber Command: Reflections of War - Volume 3 - Battleground Berlin (July 1943 - March 1944) - By Martin Bowman..
- Bomber Command: Reflections of War - Volume 4 - Battles with the Nachtjagd (30/31 March - September 1944) - By Martin Bowman..
- Bomber Command: Reflections of War - Volume 5 - Armageddon (27 September 1944 - May 1945) - By Martin Bowman..

 


 

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Bomber Command: Reflections of War - Volume 1 - Cover of Darkness 1939 - May 1942

By Martin Bowman

Bomber Command: Reflections of War - Volume 1 - Cover of Darkness 1939 - May 1942Description:

This is the first volume of a five part work that provides a comprehensive insight to the experiences of Bomber Command’s pilots and aircrew throughout World WarTwo. From the early wartime years when the RAF’s first attempts to avengeGermany’s onslaught were bedevilled by poor navigation and inaccurate bombing,to the final winning onslaught that finally tamed Hitler in his Berlin lair, these volumes trace the true experiences of the men who flew the bombers. Hundreds of first-hand accounts are complemented by the author’s background information that put each narrative into wartime perspective. Every aspect of Bomber Command's operational duties are covered; day and night bombing, precision low-level strikes, mass raids and operations throughout all wartime theatres. 

This volume is full of accounts that tell of the camaraderie amongst the crews, moments of sheer terror and the stoic humour that provided the critical bond. The five volumes of this work provide the most vivid and comprehensive work on the outstanding part played by RAF Bomber Command in their vital role in the destruction of the Third Reich.

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Bomber Command: Reflections of War - Volume 2 - Live to Die Another Day (June 1942 - Summer 1943)

By Martin Bowman

Bomber Command: Reflections of War - Volume 2 - Live to Die Another Day (June 1942 - Summer 1943)Description:

This is the second volume of a five part work that provides a comprehensive insight into all aspects of RAF Bomber Command in World War Two. Few campaigns waged from the summer of 1942 onwards continue to excite more hotly-contested debate than the bomber offensive against the Third Reich. It was a time of specialist innovations such as the Path Finders to mark targets and the Bomber Stream to control large numbers of aircraft over a target while at the same time overwhelming the enemy defences. By the start of 1943 two blind and bombing aids called ‘H2S’ and ‘Oboe’ were being installed in Bomber Command aircraft. Even in the face of heavy losses morale was sustained by the individual belief that he would not be the one to get the ‘chop’. Most every one of them was scared but outwardly none talked of ‘death’ or ‘dying’. It ‘couldn’t happen to them; they would complete a tour of thirty ‘ops’. The more fatalistic among them believed that they would get killed but not ‘today, tomorrow or the next day’. The personal qualities of the young men selected for aircrew duties - all of them volunteers - never compromised during the entire campaign. Their pulsating accounts offer a more personalised view of the war through the eyes of those who were there in the heat of the action and are complemented by the author’s background information that puts each narrative into wartime perspective, covering the night time raids on Germany, Italy and the occupied countries.

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Bomber Command: Reflections of War - Volume 3 - Battleground Berlin (July 1943 - March 1944)

By Martin Bowman

Bomber Command: Reflections of War - Volume 3 - Battleground Berlin (July 1943 - March 1944)Description:

This massive work provides a comprehensive insight to the experiences of Bomber Command’s pilots and aircrew throughout World War Two. From the early wartime years when the RAF’s first attempts to avenge Germany’s onslaught were bedevilled by poor navigation and inaccurate bombing, to the final winning onslaught that finally tamed Hitler in his Berlin lair, these volumes trace the true experiences of the men who flew the bombers. Hundreds of first-hand accounts are punctuated by the author’s background information that put each narrative into wartime perspective. Every aspect of Bomber Commands operational duties are covered; day and night bombing, precision low-level strikes, mass raids and operations throughout all wartime theatres. Contributions are from RAF personnel who flew the command’s different aircraft from the early Blenheims and Stirlings to the later Lancasters and Mosquitoes. Each volume is full of accounts that tell of the camaraderie amongst the crews, moments of sheer terror and the stoic humour that provided the critical bond. The five volumes of this work provide the most vivid and comprehensive work on the outstanding part played by RAF Bomber Command in their vital role in the destruction of the Third Reich.

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Bomber Command: Reflections of War - Volume 4 - Battles with the Nachtjagd (30/31 March - September 1944)

By Martin Bowman

Bomber Command: Reflections of War - Volume 4 - Battles with the Nachtjagd (30/31 March - September 1944)Description:

This, the fourth volume of a five part work that provides a comprehensive insight into all aspects of RAF Bomber Command in World War Two, begins in the spring of 1944 with a completely new insight on the catastrophic raid on Nuremburg on the night of 30/31 March and follows with the disastrous attack on Mailly-le-Camp in May. Gradually, the Allied Bomber Offensive began to bear fruit and in June 1944 the invasion of Normandy took place under an umbrella of almost total Allied air superiority. RAF Bomber Command was to play a huge part in what proved to be the final steps to ultimate victory, returning to the mass raids on German cities by night and even mounting raids on the Reich by day. 

The author's well-tried formula of using background information interspersed with the crews' personal narrative takes you raid by raid through each tour of ops while carrying full bomb loads in sub-zero temperatures, blighted by atrocious weather conditions and dogged by fear of fire, death or serious injury or having to endure months if not years of miserable existence and near starvation behind the wire in notorious PoW camps. The path to peace was paved with the unmitigated slow ebbing of courage with an ever-present possibility of death unannounced from a prowling night fighter, nondescript and unseen, as night after incessant night, shattered and ailing bombers could run out of luck to crash in some foreign field while other crews, almost 'home' – almost empty - ran out of fuel and died horrible tortuous deaths in twisted and tangled wreckage. Not for them the glory that was accorded The 'Few' but as Winston Churchill said: 'Fighters are our salvation, but the bombers alone provide the means of victory'.

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Bomber Command: Reflections of War - Volume 5 - Armageddon (27 September 1944 - May 1945)

By Martin Bowman

Bomber Command: Reflections of War - Volume 5 - Armageddon (27 September 1944 - May 1945)Description:

This is the fifth release in a series that provides a comprehensive insight into all aspects of RAF Bomber Command in World War Two. It begins in late September 1944 when the Allied Bomber Offensive was at its height, and takes us through to the end of the conflict. The crews' personal narrative puts you at the centre of each intense, isolated and harrowing episode of aerial combat as the pilots of Bomber Command attempted to stave off fears of tragic injury and death from fighters, flak and incessant operational pressure during raids on German cities, waterways, ports and oil installations. This continued until the Luftwaffe and the Nachtjagd effectively ceased to exist, their fuel supplies exhausted, their losses in airmen reaching an unsustainable level, and their aircraft and airfields decimated as a result of 24-hour Allied bombing.

Often, it was the most exciting feats of bravery, determination and daring that were marked by the most catastrophic losses. Approximately 62 per cent of the 125,000 men who served as aircrew in Bomber Command during the war became casualties. Of these, 52 per cent were sustained while flying operations and a further ten per cent while on non-operational flights in Britain. It should never be forgotten that RAF Bomber Command played a hugely significant role in securing victory for the Allies, carrying out mass raids by day and night that eventually culminated in them 'beating the life out of Germany'. Yet its crews were denied the campaign medal that they so richly deserved, until very recently. Here, Martin Bowman attempts to provide an adequate tribute to the men of Bomber Command, using first-hand accounts to capture an authentic commentary of the times at hand in a release that is sure to capture the imaginations of all aviation enthusiasts.

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