Blind Bombing

Blind Bombing


  • Author: Norman Fine
  • Release Date : 2019-12-01
  • Genre: Military
  • File Size: 1761240 Bytes


Silver Medal winner in the Independent Book Publishers Awards Late in 1939 Nazi Germany was poised to overrun Europe and extend Adolf Hitler’s fascist control. At the same time, however, two British physicists invented the resonant cavity magnetron. About the size of a hockey puck, it unlocked the enormous potential of radar exclusively for the Allies. Since the discovery of radar early in the twentieth century, development across most of the world had progressed only incrementally. Germany and Japan had radar as well, but in just three years, the Allies’ new radar, incorporating the top-secret cavity magnetron, turned the tide of war from doubtful to a known conclusion before the enemy even figured out how. The tactical difference between the en...

The Illusion of Separateness
Score: 4
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The Illusion of Separateness


  • Author: Simon Van Booy
  • Release Date : 2013-06-11
  • Genre: Literary
  • File Size: 1230241 Bytes


In The Illusion of Separateness, award-winning author Simon Van Booy tells a harrowing and enchanting story of how one man’s act of mercy during World War II changed the lives of strangers, and how they each discover the astonishing truth of their connection. Whether they are pursued by Nazi soldiers, old age, shame, deformity, disease, or regret, the characters in this utterly compelling novel discover in their, darkest moments of fear and isolation that they are not alone, that they were never alone, that every human being is a link in an unseen chain.The Illusion of Separateness intertwines the stories of unique and compelling characters who—through seemingly random acts of selflessness—discover the vital parts they have played in each ...

Blind Bombing

Blind Bombing


  • Author : Norman Fine
  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • Release Date : 2019-12
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781640122819


Blind Bombing Book Description :

Late in 1939 Nazi Germany was poised to overrun Europe and extend Adolf Hitler’s fascist control. At the same time, however, two British physicists invented the resonant cavity magnetron. About the size of a hockey puck, it unlocked the enormous potential of radar exclusively for the Allies. Since the discovery of radar early in the twentieth century, development across most of the world had progressed only incrementally. Germany and Japan had radar as well, but in just three years, the Allies’ new radar, incorporating the top-secret cavity magnetron, turned the tide of war from doubtful to a known conclusion before the enemy even figured out how. The tactical difference between the enemy’s primitive radar and the Allies’ new radar was simila...

Bombing Civilians

Bombing Civilians


  • Author : Yuki Tanaka
  • Publisher : The New Press
  • Release Date : 2010-08-03
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781595586315


Bombing Civilians Book Description :

Bombing Civilians examines a crucial question: why did military planning in the early twentieth century shift its focus from bombing military targets to bombing civilians? From the British bombing of Iraq in the early 1920s to the most recent policies in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Lebanon, Bombing Civilians analyzes in detail the history of indiscriminate bombing, examining the fundamental questions of how this theory justifying mass killing originated and why it was employed as a compelling military strategy for decades, both before and since the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki....

The Science of Bombing

The Science of Bombing


  • Author : Randall Thomas Wakelam
  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802096296


The Science of Bombing Book Description :

After suffering devastating losses in the early stages of the Second World War, the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force established an Operational Research Section within bomber command in order to drastically improve the efficiency of bombing missions targeting Germany. In The Science of Bombing, Randall Wakelam explores the work of civilian scientists who found critical solutions to the navigational and target-finding problems and crippling losses that initially afflicted the RAF. Drawing on previously unexamined files that re-assess the efficacy of strategic bombing from tactical and technical perspectives, Wakelam reveals the important role scientific research and advice played in operational planning and how there existed a remarkable intellectual ...

Bombing Germany  The Final Phase

Bombing Germany The Final Phase


  • Author : Tony Redding
  • Publisher : Pen and Sword
  • Release Date : 2015-02-28
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781473823549


Bombing Germany The Final Phase Book Description :

During 1942 and 1943 the striking power of RAF Bomber Command was transformed by the arrival of heavy bombers, advanced navigation and blind bombing systems, and new tactics to concentrate the bombers over the target and swamp the German defences. By October 1944 most of Germany's cities were in ruins, yet the bombing continued to intensify, reaching unprecedented levels in the final seven months of the air campaign. The value of further area raids was questioned during the opening months of 1945, yet the Allies destroyed the remaining cities in a bid to hasten the end of the war. The handful of German cities still largely unscathed in early February 1945 included Dresden, which was obliterated on 13 February. Ten days later, the South German city of...

Bomb Aimer Over Berlin

Bomb Aimer Over Berlin


  • Author : Les Bartlett
  • Publisher : Pen and Sword
  • Release Date : 2007-09-20
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781473812550


Bomb Aimer Over Berlin Book Description :

Les Bartlett has become one of the great characters of World War II history. He flew as bomb aimer with the then Flying Officer Michael Beetham, who later became Marshal of the Royal Air Force. At that time he was a sergeant but gained his commission in April 1944 and flew his tour, including 27 raids over Germany and France between November 1943 and May 1944. On his second operation his aircraft was attacked by a Ju 88, leaving it with no flaps or brakes—a crash landing at Wittering ensued. At the end of his third mission they found the whole of Lincolnshire fogbound and eventually landed at RAF Melbourne in Yorkshire just before that airfield was closed also because of the fog. His aircraft was hit in the wing by a 30lb incendiary bomb dropped by...

The Bombing War
Score: 4
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The Bombing War


  • Author : Richard Overy
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2013-09-26
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780141927824


The Bombing War Book Description :

The ultimate history of the Blitz and bombing in the Second World War, from Wolfson Prize-winning historian and author Richard Overy The use of massive fleets of bombers to kill and terrorize civilians was an aspect of the Second World War which continues to challenge the idea that Allies specifically fought a 'moral' war. For Britain, bombing became perhaps its principal contribution to the fighting as, night after night, exceptionally brave men flew over occupied Europe destroying its cities. The Bombing War radically overhauls our understanding of the War. It is the first book to examine seriously not just the most well-known parts of the campaign, but the significance of bombing on many other fronts - the German use of bombers on the Eastern Fron...

The Bombers and the Bombed
Score: 4
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The Bombers and the Bombed


  • Author : Richard Overy
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2014-02-20
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780698151383


The Bombers and the Bombed Book Description :

The ultimate history of the Allied bombing campaigns in World War II Technology shapes the nature of all wars, and the Second World War hinged on a most unpredictable weapon: the bomb. Day and night, Britain and the United States unleashed massive fleets of bombers to kill and terrorize occupied Europe, destroying its cities. The grisly consequences call into question how “moral” a war the Allies fought. The Bombers and the Bombed radically overhauls our understanding of World War II. It pairs the story of the civilian front line in the Allied air war alongside the political context that shaped their strategic bombing campaigns, examining the responses to bombing and being bombed with renewed clarity. The first book to examine seriously not only ...

Dropping Britain   s First H Bomb

Dropping Britain s First H Bomb


  • Author : Kenneth Hubbard
  • Publisher : Pen and Sword
  • Release Date : 2008-10-31
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781783460649


Dropping Britain s First H Bomb Book Description :

On 15 May 1957 Vickers Valiant V-Bomber X.D.818 under the command of Wg. Cdr. Kenneth Hubbard, O.C. 49 Squadron R.A.F., dropped Britains first live thermonuclear bomb. The success of Operation Grapple broadcast to the world that the UK had the resolve and the capability to protect her own democracy and that of her Commonwealth. It was a major breakthrough that ensured Britain maintained her place in the most senior influential positions of the United Nations and other corridors of world power, and in the ensuing years provide Britains deterrent throughout the decades of the Cold War.The theme of this book is to explain how the R.A.F. selected and trained the crews who would be responsible for the precision dropping of the several weapons that would d...

Through Blue Skies to Hell

Through Blue Skies to Hell


  • Author : Edward M. Sion
  • Publisher : Casemate
  • Release Date : 2008-03-19
  • Genre: History
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781935149965


Through Blue Skies to Hell Book Description :

A “surprisingly revealing” look at air combat, combining a WWII bombardier’s journal with a present-day perspective (Aviation News). This comprehensive look at air war over Europe during the climactic year of World War II combines firsthand experience with expert analysis. The centerpiece is a mission-by-mission diary of 1st Lt. Richard R. Ayesh, bombardier on a B-17 Flying Fortress, who flew with the 100th Bombardment Group, 13th Combat Wing of the 8th Air Force—the legendary “Bloody 100th.” He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Croix de Guerre, and Air Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters, among others. This book follows Ayesh’s progress from his youth during the Great Depression in Wichita, Kansas, which was rapidly becoming the a...