Item description for SLEDGEHAMMERS FOR TINTACKS: Bomber Command Combats the V-1 Menace, 1943 - 1944 by Steve Darlow...
In the summer of 1944, in the skies over Southern England, a new era in international warfare began. A German reprisal weapon, called the V1 or 'flying bomb', launched from occupied France, would bring indiscriminate terror and panic to the civilian population of London and the home counties. The German High Command hoped the weapon would not only revenge the Allied bombing of their homeland, but seriously hinder Allied invasion plans. The Allies tried desperately to prevent this new scourge diverting their attention from D-day and the liberation of Western Europe. It was the job of RAF's Bomber Command to combat the new threat and in June the Deputy Supreme Commander, Sir Arthur Tedder, wrote 'from 23 June the offensive went forward with full vigour...Though...I advised that air action could reduce, but not exterminate the menace', since bombing the sites was 'using a sledgehammer for a tintack'.
This book gives an account of how this massive strategic bombing force was used to counter the flying bomb threat and how the airmen from the Commander-in-Chief right down to the aircrews and groundcrews acted upon the decisions made. Decisions which would lead to many Allied airmen suffering serious injury, many losing their lives or being captured by the enemy. Decisions which would inflict further misery upon the oppressed population of the occupied countries. Decisions which were made in the belief that they would give some relief to the population of Southern England.
The author details all raids against flying bomb targets and also covers raids against other German secret weapon targets. The story is told using fascinating photographic coverage, previously unpublished records, intelligence information and graphic first hand accounts provided by Bomber Command veterans, Luftwaffe night fighter veterans and accounts from French people who witnessed the whole German operation from the construction of the secret weapon installations to the launching of the flying bombs.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Publisher Grub Street
ISBN 1902304969 ISBN13 9781902304960
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More About Steve Darlow
Steve Darlow is an established and well respected military aSteve Darlow is an established and well respected military aviation author and researcher. He has written six previous bviation author and researcher. He has written six previous books, including D-Day Bombers: The Veteransa Story and Five ooks, including D-Day Bombers: The Veteransa Story and Five of the Few, which recount the experiences of Allied aircrewsof the Few, which recount the experiences of Allied aircrews during WWII. during WWII.
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An eye-opening and sober account of a crucial time Oct 14, 2003
Sledgehammers For Tintacks: Bomber Command Combats The V-1 Menace, 1943-1944 informatively studies and presents the air and bombing aspects of World War II, dwelling upon strategic bombing forces of the Allies, their raids against flying bomb targets, the German secret weapons, the risks and combat horrors the pilots faced, and the collateral damage inflicted upon oppressed populations by as bombing runs that are quite justifiably related to the analogy of using "a sledgehammer for a tintack". An eye-opening and sober account of a crucial time in aviation and military history, Sledgehammers For Tintacks is a welcome and strongly recommended addition to personal and academic World War II Military History Studies collections.