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Ploesti: The Great Ground-Air Battle of 1 August 1943, Revised Edition
     

Ploesti: The Great Ground-Air Battle of 1 August 1943, Revised Edition

by James Dugan, Carroll Stewart
 

On August 1, 1943, an enormous armada of America B-24 Liberator bombers roared at nearly treetop level over the peaceful farms and villages of Romania. This mission was Operation Tidal Wave. Its target—“the taproot of German might,” Hitler’s giant oil refineries at Ploesti. Hundreds of U.S. airmen had volunteered for the mission despite

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On August 1, 1943, an enormous armada of America B-24 Liberator bombers roared at nearly treetop level over the peaceful farms and villages of Romania. This mission was Operation Tidal Wave. Its target—“the taproot of German might,” Hitler’s giant oil refineries at Ploesti. Hundreds of U.S. airmen had volunteered for the mission despite warnings that half might not return. In thirty minutes, more firepower was exchanged than in two Gettysburgs, and five men earned the Medal of Honor. Ploesti presents a vivid reconstruction of a dramatic and controversial mission.

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"This is the very model of a war book."

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“First-rate battle log.”

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"This is the very model of a war book."—New Yorker
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“Taut and gripping."—Time
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“First-rate battle log.”—Newsweek

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574885101
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
04/30/2002
Series:
Brassey's Aviation Classics Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Carroll Stewart and the late James Dugan both served in the Eighth Air Force. Stewart, a longtime newspaperman, lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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