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

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"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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Washington Times
Mr. Connelly creatively examines unconventional sources to uncover the truths behind the maligning of the Bomber Command.
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 (
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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.” —Booklist

“Mr. Connelly creatively examines unconventional sources to uncover the truths behind the maligning of the Bomber Command.” —Washington Times

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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 Connellyhas 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

Hoping the Bomber Will Always Get Through
• The Lion Tries His Wings
• Committing Britain to a Bomber War
• Unleashing the Whirlwind
• Berlin, "the Big City"
• Achieving Victory
• Remembering and Misremembering

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