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The Battle of Hamburg - Allied Bomber Forces Against a German City in 1943 (1981)
Front Cover Book Details
Genre Non-Fiction
Subject Hamburg (Germany) - History - Bombardment, 1940-1945; Hamburg, Battle of, Hamburg, Germany (1943); World War, 1939-1945
Publication Date 1981
Format Hardcover (8.7 mm)
Publisher Scribner
Language English
Extras Dust Jacket; Dust Jacket Cover
Personal Details
Purchase Price $13.88
Acquire Date 11/28/2007
Rating 0
Links Library of Congress
Product Details
LoC Classification D757.9.H3M53 1981
Dewey 940.54/21
ISBN 0684167271
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Cover Price $17.95
No. of Pages 424
First Edition No
Rare No
Middlebrook does a fantastic job here. The book is exceptionally well organized. Middlebrook weaves extended quotes from the survivors of all stripe throughout the book, A short history of strategic bombing thinking between the wars start us off, then we're introduced to the Allied bomber crews, organization, and planning. He succintly describes the German defensive systems and procedures and explains the political structure of Hamburg government and their civil defense preparations.

The chapters "Under the Bombs" and "Firestorm" are gripping, and vivid. But perhaps most incredible are the Survivors Stories at the end of the book. Extensively researched, Middlebrook even includes maps showing where each plane went down, where each of his storytellers were.

DH 12/16/2007