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Title Big Week : the biggest air battle of World War Two / James Holland
Imprint London : Bantam Press, 2018

 Stadsbibl:Slottet vån 4 Geografi och historia  940.54    CHECK SHELF  ---
Descript xxvii, 402 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
In the early days of 1944, as the build-up to D-Day intensified, an audacious plan was taking shape in the form of Operation Argument a brutal & systematic strategy to finally sledgehammer the Luftwaffe into submission and ensure the skies were clear for the Allied invasion of France later that summer. In one fatal stroke they planned to deplete not only the German air force, but also the aircraft and munitions industry which supported it. On Sunday 20th February, an airborne assault, the like of which had never before been seen, was unleashed. The Americans launched their first-ever thousand bomber raids by day while the RAF attacked by night. What followed over that week was one of the largest and most dramatic air battles ever witnessed. In the first ever narrative history of Big Week, historian James Holland recounts the story of that extraordinary and brutal battle, underpinned by painstaking research and analysis. In day-by-day and often hour-by-hour detail, he follows the fortunes of some of the men & women who took part on both sides; commanders, pilots, air crew, ground staff, and civilians, revealing in forensic and heart-stopping detail the conditions, fear and drama of war in the air. Big Week is the elemental story of bomber against flak gun, of fighter against fighter, in which tens of thousands of young men were pitted against each other in a punitive, bludgeoning clash of arms. It was one hell of a week
Subject United States. Army Air Forces -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
Great Britain. Royal Air Force -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
Germany. Luftwaffe -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
Germany. Luftwaffe.
Great Britain. Royal Air Force.
United States. Army Air Forces.
World War (1939-1945)
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Western Front
Military campaigns.
Military operations, Aerial.
Western Front (World War (1939-1945))
Andra världskriget 1939-1945
Militära operationer
Förenta staterna
Classmark 940.544
ISBN/ISSN 9780593077986
9781473542143 (ePub ebook)
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