Press Release: Bomber Command
With a new introduction by the author
‘The most critical book yet written about Bomber Command it is also far and away the best’
Max Hastings’ Bomber Command won immense critical acclaim when first published in 1979. Featuring over a hundred first-hand interviews with aircrew veterans and a brand-new introduction by the author for this Folio edition, this classic work of military history draws upon specially researched photographs and illustrations to illuminate one of World War II’s most controversial aspects.
From the very first airborne offensives in 1939, Britain’s bombing campaign represented a central element of the conflict with Germany. It began with the efforts of a few basic planes and climaxed six years later with a mighty fleet of 1,600 Lancasters, Halifaxes and Mosquitoes, whose potent firepower could raze a whole city in one terrible night.
In this masterly and highly accessible account, Hastings elucidates every part of the Bomber Command story. He examines the strategy, decision making and incessant interdepartmental feuding; the complicated and often fraught relationship between Sir Arthur Harris, Commander-in-Chief of Bomber Command, and Prime Minister Winston Churchill; and the key role of radar and other associated technologies in the bombing campaign.
The binding features an original panel taken from a Lancaster bomber decorated with yellow and white bombs representing night and daylight raids undertaken in north-west Europe. This edition contains over 50 images selected by the award-winning Folio picture research team with the approval of the author, as well as informative appendices including sortie lists, original correspondence and plane specifications.
Three quarter-bound in blocked cloth with a printed front board. Set in Photina. 496 pages. Frontispiece and 32 pages of black & white plates. 17 mono integrated maps and drawings. Printed map endpapers. Blocked slipcase. 10˝ x 6¾˝
UK £49.95 US $76.95 Can $98.95 Aus $112.00
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