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

Reaching for the Stars

A New History of Bomber Command in World War II


Published: 18th December 2013
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The role of Bomber Command in the Second World War is still shrouded in mystery. This book provides a new story of the campaign and is both a military history and an investigation as to how the modern image has come about. There have been hundreds of books about the RAF and Bomber Command ranging from highly researched histories, technical studies of the aircraft, to popular works; as well as countless films, television shows and newspaper reportage. Mark Connelly draws together all the strands to look at the image created by this outpouring. 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 yet is still a ‘lost and black sheep’ among British wartime glories.

About the Author

Mark Connelly has been British Academy Lecturer in History at Lancaster University and is now Reuters Lecturer in Media and Propaganda History at the University of Kent.

'Excellent - well researched, well written and well illustrated' - Sir Patrick Moore, Times Higher Education Supplement 'A careful, intelligent examination of the role of Bomber Command during the Second World War' - Joanna Bourke, Times Literary Supplement

Contents Acknowledgements vii Preface to the New Paperback Introduction viii Chapter One: Hoping the Bomber will always get through 5 Chapter Two: The Lion Tries His Wings, September 1939-February 17 Chapter Three: Committing Britain to a Bomber War, February 1941 - Spring 1942 38 Chapter Four: Unleashing the Whirlwind, February 1942-August 1943 63 Chapter Five: Berlin, 'the Big City' 105 Chapter Six: Achieving Victory, Spring 1944-May 1945 122 Chapter Seven: Remembering and Misremembering, 1945-1999 138 Conclusion 159 Appendix A: Bomber Command and the War Artists Scheme 165 Appendix B: Journey Together (1945) and The Way to the Stars (1945) 167 Chronology Bomber Command 169 Notes 176 Bibliographical Notes 186 Index 196

ISBN: 9781780766805
ISBN-10: 1780766807
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 18th December 2013
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1