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The Nuremberg Raid: 30-31 March 1944

The Nuremberg Raid: 30-31 March 1944

by Martin Middlebrook
The Nuremberg Raid: 30-31 March 1944

The Nuremberg Raid: 30-31 March 1944

by Martin Middlebrook


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A thorough history of the RAF Bomber Command attack on the German city during World War II, by the author of The First Day on the Somme.

This book describes one twenty-four-hour period in the Allied Strategic Bomber Offensive in the greatest possible detail. Author Martin Middlebrook sets the scene by outlining the course of the bombing war from 1939 to the night of the Nuremberg raid, the characters and aims of the British bombing leaders, and the composition of the opposing Bomber Command and German night fighter forces.

The aim of the Nuremberg raid was not unlike many hundreds of other Royal Air Force missions but, due to the difficulties and dangers of the enemy defenses and weather plus bad luck, it went horribly wrong. The result was so notorious that it became a turning point in the campaign. The target, the symbolic Nazi rally city of Nuremberg, was only lightly damaged, and 96 out of 779 bombers went missing.

Middlebrook recreates the events of the fateful night in astonishing detail. The result is a meticulous, dramatic, and often controversial account. It is also a moving tribute to the bravery of the RAF bomber crews and their adversaries.

Praise for The Nuremberg Raid

“Employing hundreds of eyewitness accounts, he shows the raid from the point of view of the German defenses and the civilians on the ground. Factual and analytical, this is a portrait of mechanized warfare at the level of personal experience.” —Simon Mawer, Wall Street Journal

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ISBN-13: 9781781598863
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 06/25/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 854,424
File size: 12 MB
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About the Author

Martin Middlebrook has written many other books that deal with important turning-points in the two world wars, including The First Day on the Somme, Kaiser's Battle, The Peenemünde Raid, The Somme Battlefields (with Mary Middlebrook) and The Nuremberg Raid 30-31st March 1944 (all republished and in print with Pen&Sword).

Martin Middlebrook is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and lives near Boston, Lincolnshire

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