Day Fighters in Defence of the Reich

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The daylight strategic air campaign over the German Reich during the Second World War was one of the longest and most intense air battles in history, involving thousands of aircraft, dozens of units, and hundreds of separate aerial engagements. DAY FIGHTERS IN DEFENSE OF THE REICH presents a unique look at the German defenses as they struggled to cope with the threat posed by the two American strategic air forces which were charged with destroying Germany's critical war industries and wresting control of the air ...

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Overview

The daylight strategic air campaign over the German Reich during the Second World War was one of the longest and most intense air battles in history, involving thousands of aircraft, dozens of units, and hundreds of separate aerial engagements. DAY FIGHTERS IN DEFENSE OF THE REICH presents a unique look at the German defenses as they struggled to cope with the threat posed by the two American strategic air forces which were charged with destroying Germany's critical war industries and wresting control of the air over the Reich from the Luftwaffe.

The previous volume in this series, THE LUFTWAFFE OVER GERMANY, is a narrative history of these defenses. The present book extends the story in an unprecedented fashion, and is based on documents in the German, American and British government archives and German pilot logbooks from the author's extensive collection.

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Stone and Stone
...the first serious effort to compile such a mass of statistical evidence about fighter operations"authoritative quantitative accounting" Anyone with any serious interest in the subject will need to have this book on hand to accompany and complement all those more general histories that have been accumulating over the years. Put it on the shelf right next to the meticulous, scholarly work done by Freeman, Middlebrook, Boiten, and other aviation historians. Highly recommended and quite likely to be remembered as one of the most important new books of the year.
Aviation History
Such a staggering quantity of information would be overwhelming in less capable hands. But Caldwell spices up his tight narrative with excellent photos and informative captions. Combat reports, obviously written immediately after encounters and often relayed in an engaging, informal style, reveal the true nature of fighter versus bomber combat. … Caldwell gives a generous tribute to Roger Freeman's work on the Eighth Air Force. In the future, Day Fighters in Defence of the Reich is likely to be honored by other historians in a similar way.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848325258
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 3/19/2012
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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