Reaching for the Stars: A History of Bomber Command

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The role of Bomber Command in the Second World War is still shrouded in mystery. This book provides a new story of the campaign and is both a military history and an investigation as to how the modern image has come about. There have been hundreds of books about the RAF and Bomber Command ranging from highly researched histories, technical studies of the aircraft, to popular works; as well as countless films, television shows and newspaper reportage. Mark Connelly draws together all the strands to look at the image created by this outpouring. Reaching for the Stars shows why Bomber Command, in one of the largest and bloodiest campaigns of the war – with 55,000 aircrew lost and more officer fatalities than in World War I – has received so much attention yet is still a 'lost and black sheep' among British wartime glories.

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Mark Connelly has been British Academy Lecturer in History at Lancaster University and is now Reuters Lecturer in Media and Propaganda History at the University of Kent.

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This surprisingly good thing in a small package is the best introduction to Britain's Bomber Command's World War II operations to appear in some time. Beginning the war with inadequate equipment, training, and tactics, the command was obliged in 1942 to resort to night area bombing as the only way it had of striking back at Germany. The new tactics exacted a high toll in civilian lives but inflicted much more visible damage. For the rest of the war, Bomber Command committed its increasingly sophisticated resources to the area-bombing campaign, valuably contributing to the Allied effort, even if not as greatly as it might have. Wartime propaganda concealed first the early raids' ineffectiveness and later the human toll of successful area bombings. Subsequent revelations induced a postwar backlash against the command, which has denied due credit to its aircrews, more than half of whom were lost in combat. A serious contribution to World War II aviation history. Roland Green
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