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Bombs Away!: The World War II Bombing Campaigns over Europe Hardcover – May 22, 2011
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"A gorgeous coffee-table book with 450 archival photographs, Bombs Away! documents strategic bombing from the perspective of both Allied and Luftwaffe air crews.
MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
"Bombs Away! is an extensive, in-depth reference recommended for any military collection in general and libraries specializing in World War II events in particular. It covers strategic aerial bombardment in Europe between 1939 and 1945 and documents particular aerial campaigns against Germany and the German use of strategic bombing in Europe. Rare photos - many in color - pack a survey which considers the machines, flyers, and strategy involved, documenting the evolution of air war from its roots in World War I to the campaigns that were led across Europe.
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"One publishing company, Zenith Press, devotes itself to reporting the events of war and, especially, World War Two. Their latest, a large format—coffee table—book is Bombs Away! The World War II Bombing Campaigns Over Europe by John R. Bruning and it is extraordinary. While battles were being fought on the ground with tanks, troops, and artillery, it was the war from the skies that rendered the relentless destruction of cities and specific military targets. Both the Nazis and the allies developed air warfare to a point never previously achieved. Bruning is among a handful of great military historians and his earlier books on “The Battle of the Bulge”, “The Air Battle for Korea”, and others are testimony to that. Filled with page after page of photos, this latest chapter from World War Two will provide hours of great reading while paying tribute to those whom we have come to call “the greatest generation.”
"Covering the major campaigns, the strategies, the planes, and most of all, the people involved, “Bombs Away” uses superior prose, quotes, and stunning photographs to bring the story of the air war in Europe to life in a powerful and unforgettable way.
"This comprehensive and gripping book details the birth of aerial warfare in World War I (Who called it the "war to end all wars?"), but concentrates mainly on the European bombing during World War II."
"In fourteen chapters, all supplemented with more than 450 images, the six years of the bombing campaigns are brought into sharp focus. This is a monumental work and it reflects exceptional historical reporting.
FEATHERED QUILL BOOK REVIEWS
"The skies are empty now and the pilots and crews who fought these violent battles above the burning cities of Europe are mostly gone to their reward, knowing that they fought to defend freedom in their countries. I'm sure that when they had flown a few missions the romance of battle paled and they realized that their futures looked grim indeed. The ones who got home carried a lot of baggage with them as they do today. Only Hollywood could find this glamorous. The reality of war shouldn't fade from our memories as these brave people fought for our freedom and should never be forgotten. This book will help keep those memories alive.
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"I am a WWII buff and collector. I collect memorabilia as well as books. And I found Bombs Away! to be a keeper! This is a wonderful keepsake that includes photographs and information on all air battles fought over Europe during WWII. It also includes some photos of WWI campaigns as well. The information comes from those who have been there; those who themselves fought in this war, and from various countries. Needless to say, I loved this book and it will be prominently displayed in my library."
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As a coffee table book (it's REALLY heavy!), it's interesting. The mix of color and black and white photos during the span of World War II give you a sense of what it was like to be strapped into a bomber turret for hours on end, punctuated by periods of sheer terror when fighters and flak tried to remove you from the sky. The photos from actual bombing runs are chilling, when you see the hellish destruction on the ground as well as the carnage in the sky, often ending in mission survival rates of less than half of those who took off just hours earlier.
Where I thought the book really stood out was in drawing the comparison between World War I and II, and what strategists thought that an aerial war campaign would accomplish.Read more ›
After discussing the theory of strategic bombing as championed by Douhet, Mitchell, etc., Bruning takes the reader through the various air campaigns in the Spanish Civil War, Blitzkrieg attacks on Poland, France and Britain before devoting the bulk of the book to the USAAF and RAF attacks on the Third Reich. He details how each command decided on their own approach to bombing Germany (daylight vs. night-time), the aircraft they utilized, their respective successes and failures and the ultimate impact of the combined strategic bombing campaign.
While the text offers a good overview of aerial bombing in the ETO, the book's main selling point is the illustrations, over 480 b&w and color photographs and maps depicting Allied and Axis aircraft, aircrew and commanders, in-flight combat scenes, damage to various targets, etc. Many of the photographs have been seen before but BOMBS AWAY! brings them together under one cover.
Air war buffs should enjoy BOMBS AWAY! Though not definitive, it does offer a comprehensive, well-illustrated guide to the stratgic bombing war waged over Europe. Recommended.
I also recommend the following book:
Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought as a gift for a WW2 bomber fan. He's enjoyed it, 'nuff said.Published 12 months ago by LeeP1
AS A WWII CONBAT BOMBARDIER I RECCOMEND THIS FINE BOOK.HOWARD JACKSON 454th.BOMB GROUP-15thAAFPublished on July 30, 2014 by HOWARD JACKSON
Is your mother getting a cut? I'm 66 years old now and frequently thought that a language strain produced by the use of bombs for communication between nations was bound to become... Read morePublished on August 19, 2013 by no chit
This book gives a short and precise history of the air campaign in europe. The book is filled with great maps and pictures.Published on April 9, 2013 by Robert St Claire