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Battle Over the Reich: The Strategic Bomber Offensive against Germany Volume 2 Nov 1943-May 1945 Hardcover – March 18, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Classic Publications; Rev. and Updated Ed edition (March 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903223482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903223482
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 8.9 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,394,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr Alfred Price is one of Britain's foremost aviation historians with a career stretching back for more than three decades. He is the author of many well-regarded and hugely successful titles. These include Blitz on Britain (Sutton), Bomber Aircraft: Combat Development in World War 2 (Arms & Armour) and Instruments of Darkness (Peninsula Publishing); this and Volume 1 are his first books for Ian Allan Publishing for some years.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By 10th Legion on October 5, 2006
Alfred Price is a leading author on the Allied bombing campaign over Germany in World War II. As such, it is always worth looking at any work on the subject that bears his name. However, I agree with an earlier reviewer that this book falls more in the category of "well presented coffee table book" than a must read for historical research. So for a reader with a more casual interest in the topic, I can recommend this book, however it is overpriced at its list price. Wait until it goes on the discount table then buy it at half price. It would be a good value then.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on April 21, 2006
This book is one of the best I've seen describing the air war in Europe. It is the second volume in the overall work. It:

Is Beautifully Illustrated, both photos and drawings Is Well Written Has Reports from German pilots as Well Discusses the Evolving Technology Covers Weapons that Came too Late.

This second volume covers the end of 1943 to the end of the war. This is when the RAF and the US 8th Air Force finally hit their stride in bombing Germany. The tonnage dropped and the increased accuracy was finally able to deliver what the air oriented generals has been promising since the beginning of the war.

The air generals had been saying that there was no magic target, no single target that would win the war. They were wrong. The magic target was fuel. By the end of the war the Germans had plenty of aircraft. But almost no fuel. Pilots were going into combat with very few hours. This was not unlike the British pilots during the Battle of Britain, but the British got better, and the Germans got worse until the end.

This book was first written in the 1970's when it was possible to talk with a lot of the German flyers who were still alive. It has been re-written to reflect later research and re-printed for this edition. It's an excellent read.
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This book is just extremely well put together and researched, lots of material hard to find elsewhere, set in a very solid framework. I am researching the WW II bomber war and have a number of excellent source, but this one is unique in that it has perspectives from both the German and Allied sides and combines them effectively.
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