Reaching for the Stars: A New History of Bomber Command in World War II

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Overview

"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 and yet remains a 'lost and black sheep' among British wartime achievements. There has been little official recognition: at the 50th anniversary of VE Day there was hardly a mention and the Bomber Command story has been dogged by the controversy over carpet-bombing."--BOOK JACKET.
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Editorial Reviews

Washington Times
Mr. Connelly creatively examines unconventional sources to uncover the truths behind the maligning of the Bomber Command.
Booknews
Connelly (media and propaganda history, U. of Kent, Canterbury) presents a history of the British bombing of Germany in World War II. He also examines the attitudes of British citizens towards the British Bomber Command and the horrific task with which the bombers were charged. He contends that the British accepted the bombing campaign as necessary because of their intense fear of the enemy. Distributed in the US by Palgrave. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher

'Excellent…well researched, well written and well illustrated' – Sir Patrick Moore, Times Higher Education Supplement

'A careful, intelligent examination of the role of Bomber Command during the Second World War' – Joanna Bourke, Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860648052
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Hoping the Bomber will always get through 5
Ch. 2 The Lion Tries His Wings, September 1939-February 1941 16
Ch. 3 Committing Britain to a Bomber War, February 1941-Spring 1942 37
Ch. 4 Unleashing the Whirlwind, February 1942-August 1943 62
Ch. 5 Berlin, 'the Big City' 104
Ch. 6 Achieving Victory, Spring 1944-May 1945 121
Ch. 7 Remembering and Misremembering, 1945-1999 137
Conclusion 158
App. A Bomber Command and the War Artists Scheme 164
App. B Journey Together (1945) and The Way to the Stars (1945) 166
Chronology: Bomber Command 168
Notes 175
Bibliographical notes 185
Index 195
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