RAF Bomber Command in the Second World War: The Hardest Victory

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The work of the RAF bomber command has come under fire from a whole generation of historians since the 1960s. They claim that the RAF offensive against Germany was immoral because so many civilians were killed, and wasteful because so many attacks were not on specific military targets. In this book, Denis Richards, co-author of the official history of the RAF 1939-1945, describes the difficulties and failures, but redresses the balance by making clear the magnitude of Bomber Command's achievements. His account provides a revised interpretation of the battle fought virtually every night for almost five and a half years, in which over half the aircrew became casualties. Truly, it was "the hardest victory".

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“The Fighters are our salvation, but the Bombers alone provide the means of victory.” While Winston Churchill acknowledged the vital contribution of the RAF Bomber Command in the Second World War, it has recently come under fire from a whole generation of historians. They claim that the RAF offensive against Germany was immoral because so many civilians were killed, and wasteful because so many attacks were not on specific military targets. In this powerful book, first published in 1995, Denis Richards describes the Command’s difficulties and failures, but also redresses the balance by making clear the magnitude of its achievements. A superb work of military history and required reading for anyone with an interest in World War II.

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Denis Richards OBE was head of the team writing preliminary narratives for study by the RAF Staff during the Second World War. He is the co-author of the official history of the RAF between 1939 and 1945 and is the co-author of THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN - THE JUBILEE HISTORY also published in Classic Penguin Military History (July 2001).

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