The Red Line: The Gripping Story of the RAF’s Bloodiest Raid on Hitler’s Germany

  • by John Nichol
  • Narrated by Andrew Wincott
  • 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From best-selling author of Tail-End Charlie and Tornado Down comes this powerful and deeply moving account of Bomber Command’s 1944 Nuremberg Raid – the RAF’s bloodiest night of the Second World War. More men from Royal Air Force Bomber Command died on one single night of the Second World War than the total RAF aircrew losses during the whole of the four-month-long Battle of Britain.
This is the story of the air raid intended to be the climax of Sir Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris’s relentless campaign to defeat Nazi Germany. The target was Nuremberg: 795 aircraft set out, nearly 700 men did not return. In The Red Line, we meet the young aircrew who flew on the night of 30 March 1944. John Nichol has interviewed the few surviving veterans, British and German, in the air and on the ground, to record the voices of a diminishing generation.
While the airmen of Bomber Command were among the greatest heroes of the conflict, their contribution and sacrifice has, until recently, been sidelined in the face of post-war criticism of Bomber Command’s tactics. Yet they were among the best of their generation. John Nichol’s dramatic tribute to the men who flew on the RAF’s bloodiest raid has provided the surviving veterans with the chance to tell the story of that terrible night – the night they flew to Nuremberg.

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What the Critics Say

"A truly epic tale of courage and sacrifice – an intensely moving epitaph to the men of Bomber Command" (Andy McNab)

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One of the best books I have ever bought

This book grabbed me from start to finish. My Interest in this particular period of aviation has always fascinated me, especially the Bomber War and I have now found a book that not only puts you in the aircraft, it also puts you underneath them as they dropped their bomb load. Vitally, it shows how politicians (one in particular) demanded the sacrifice of so many young lives and then disgustingly washed their hands of these brave men when the bombing became politically unpopular. However, it also shows the more unsavoury side of the RAF in its' cruel and spiteful treatment of those who had given their all and had nothing left to give, by stigmatising them with the dreaded, "LMF" label. As an ex member of the RAF, and seeing some of the bases where I served, mentioned, I could not help but feel the goose-bumps and the hairs on the back of my neck and arm raise as I placed myself "airside" and imagined an older type of aircraft to the ones I was more used to seeing, leave the runway. Even more poignant for me as a Ryhope, lad was how Cy Barton, won his VC. I was aware of it from a very young age but had never had it relayed in such a vivid and detailed manner. This is one of those books that I will re-visit again and again. Truly, History as it should be told. Well done, John Nichol
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- Eric

Great

My first all 5 stars. With vivid detail from both sides, this book really brings ww2 to life.
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- Chris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-04-2013
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited