Bomber Command

  • by Max Hastings
  • Narrated by Barnaby Edwards
  • 18 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With an introduction read by Max Hastings. Bomber Command's offensive against the cities of Germany was one of the epic campaigns of the Second World War.
More than 56,000 British and Commonwealth aircrew and 600,000 Germans died in the course of the RAF's attempt to win the war by bombing. The struggle began in 1939 with a few score primitive Whitleys, Hampdens and Wellingtons, and ended six years later with 1,600 Lancasters, Halifaxes, and Mosquitoes razing whole cities in a single night. Max Hastings traced the developments of area bombing using a wealth of documnets, letters, diaries, and interviews with key surviving witnesses. Bomber Command is his classic account of one of the most controversial struggles of the war. Max Hastings, author of over 20 books, has been editor of the Daily Telegraph and the Evening Standard. He has received many awards for his journalism and was knighted in 2002.

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Masterful Military History

Hastings presents an extraordinarily multifaceted picture of the role of bomber command in world war 2 through the eyes of flight crews, those who planned the raids, famous figures like Churchill and Bomber Harris as well as those who were bombed. Gripping first hand accounts of bombing raids are intercut with fascinating explanations of how the big beasts of the allied military fought over how best to deploy their forces against Hitler. And all of this is brought to life through Hastings' trademark hard work in finding letters and journals as well as eye-witnesses he can interview which are skilfully built up to create a mosaic of human detail which in turn shows how the international conflict unfolded. The author adopts this approach in all of his books but it seems to work especially well here as he explores the morally complex issues associated with young men risking terrible odds to bomb civilians as part of the fight against Hitler and Nazism. The result is a five star listen which stayed with me long after the first listen. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in history or ethics.

If you enjoy this one it's worth noting that Hastings' Das Reich offers an interesting follow up to the sections of this book that deal with the furious debates within the Allied Command about how air power could best support D-Day forces. They work well as a double bill.
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- Jim

Outstanding!

Loved this book. Makes you want to know more. Max Hastings is a great historian and author. Beautifully read by Barnaby Edwards.
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- Jonathan Cunningham

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-06-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios