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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By Eric on 18-01-14
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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By Jason Rimmer on 05-05-18
I have a rather large WW1 and WW2 collection of books but this is the first Non Fiction book I've consumed focusing on Bomber Crews.
A disgrace it took so long for them to be recognised, not their fault they had to bomb cities like Dresden, yet they took the blame not even getting a campaign medal!!
Anyway either read or listen to this book, keep their memories and sacrifice alive like the soldiers in land and fighter pilots are through books and films etc.
Highly recommend it.