Bomber Command: The Thousand Bomber Raids

Bomber Command: The Thousand Bomber Raids

by Martyn Chorlton

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1942 was a crucial year for the fortunes of Bomber Command.

The newly appointed Commander-in-Chief, Sir Arthur Harris, knew he had to show quickly that his ideas for broader, strategic bombing could make a real difference to the war, so with Churchill's blessing he set about planning a vast initial air attack using at least one thousand bombers.

It was Cologne which became the target of the colossal raid on the night of 30th May 1942.

The success of that first raid was convincing while the two major follow up 'Thousand' raids on Essen and Bremen in June were less so, but still emphatically justified Bomber Command's new expansive and aggressive role.

More importantly, the raids forced an outraged Hitler to divert large and increasingly scarce military resources to the defence of his German cities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846749100
Publisher: Countryside Books
Publication date: 09/01/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Martyn Chorlton is an experienced writer on aviation history. He is the author of the much-acclaimed RAF Pathfinders and Bomber Command series.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 4

Introduction 5

1 Bomber Command 7

2 Defence of the Reich 15

3 'The Thousand Plan' 25

4 The Raid - Operation Millennium: Cologne (May 30/31) 39

5 Essen: (June 1/2) 91

6 Operation Millennium II: Bremen (June 25/26) 124

7 The Aircraft involved 167

Bibliography 187

National Archives 187

Abbreviations & Glossary 188

Index 190

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