Item description for Battle Over the Reich: The Strategic Bomber Offensive against Germany Volume 2 Nov 1943-May 1945 by Alfred Price...
The second volume in this study assesses how, from the autumn of 1943, technology further aided the Luftwaffe's night fighter force while the intensity of RAF strikes against German oil and manufacturing targets, and also eventually against Berlin itself, increased. This resulted in a climactic battle of attrition for both sides in the night skies over the Reich. The author relates the development of both US escort strategy and the German principle of deploying mass-against-mass' which resulted in some of the most ferocious air battles of the war in late 1944. Just as the Allies believed that air superiority had been won, the Luftwaffe introduced its revolutionary new jet fighters. Dr. Price relates the story of the strategic air offensive over Germany from both the perspective of technology as well as from the gripping and often tragic accounts of those of both sides who fought in this epic campaign.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.97" Width: 9.06" Height: 0.71" Weight: 2.29 lbs.
Release Date Mar 18, 2006
Publisher Classic Publications
ISBN 1903223482 ISBN13 9781903223482
Availability 0 units.
More About Alfred Price
Dr Alfred Price served as an aircrew officer in the RAF until 1974. Since then he has been a full-time aviation historian and writer, and is acknowledged as a leading authority on the Spitfire. He is co-author of the Haynes Spitfire Manual.
Reviews - What do customers think about Battle Over the Reich: The Strategic Bomber Offensive against Germany Volume 2 Nov 1943-May 1945?
Nice, But Overpriced Oct 6, 2006
Alfred Price is a leading author on the Allied bombing campaign over Germany in World War II. As such, it is always working looking at any work on the subject that bears his name. However, I agree with an earlier reviewer that this book falls more in the category of "well presented coffee table book" than a must read for historical research. So for a reader with a more casual interest in the topic, I can recommend this book, however it is overpriced at its list price. Wait until it goes on the discount table then buy it at half price. It would be a good value then.
One of the Best Books I've Seen on the Subject Apr 22, 2006
This book is one of the best I've seen describing the air war in Europe. It is the second volume in the overall work. It:
Is Beautifully Illustrated, both photos and drawings Is Well Written Has Reports from German pilots as Well Discusses the Evolving Technology Covers Weapons that Came too Late.
This second volume covers the end of 1943 to the end of the war. This is when the RAF and the US 8th Air Force finally hit their stride in bombing Germany. The tonnage dropped and the increased accuracy was finally able to deliver what the air oriented generals has been promising since the beginning of the war.
The air generals had been saying that there was no magic target, no single target that would win the war. They were wrong. The magic target was fuel. By the end of the war the Germans had plenty of aircraft. But almost no fuel. Pilots were going into combat with very few hours. This was not unlike the British pilots during the Battle of Britain, but the British got better, and the Germans got worse until the end.
This book was first written in the 1970's when it was possible to talk with a lot of the German flyers who were still alive. It has been re-written to reflect later research and re-printed for this edition. It's an excellent read.
some 35 year old texts are not worth reprinting Oct 25, 2005
..I thought this title would be worth investigating. Frankly it is not - the treatment is disappointing to say the least - this is over-priced (!!) slim 'coffee table' tome. There is little evidence of new research & data. The 'enhanced illustrations' are mostly Tullis profiles lifted directly from the Jagdwaffe series..large photos reproduced over an entire A-4 side are blurred & indistinct...if you know nothing at all about the subject it might be worth looking at..otherwise avoid.