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Terror from the Sky: Tragic Victories (Airwar, Vol 2)
Terror from the Sky Tragic Victories - Airwar, Vol 2 Author:Edward Jablonski In the relatively brief period of World War II the airplane evolved from a curiosity into a decisive factor in military thinking. With an ingenuity born of necessity, mankind developed an ever-expanding role for air power as an instrument of war. — Terror from the Sky is an account of the revolutionary tactics that aviation introduced in the earl... more »y years of the war: the blitzkrieg with which Hitler's Stukas defeated most of Europe, and the terror-bombing with which the Luftwaffe attempted to beat Britain into submission. Yet it is also made up of fascinating personal stories of individual airmen and their war: the German pilots in the blitz, and the R.A.F. fliers who held them off with a handful of Spitfires and Hurricanes until the balance of victory tipped towards the allies.
Opening with a fascinating description of the attack on Pearl Harbor, one of history's most decisive air victories, Tragic Victories traces the incredible sacrifice of lives and material that was the price of each side's determination to press on to victory at all costs. It was the beginning of the Japanese conquest of Asia, and the record of that hard-fought campaign is highlighted by the heroic stories of the "Flying Tigers" and Doolittle's daring raid on Tokyo launched from the aircraft carrier Hornet.
In the European theater the United States began a massive air assault against Hitler's war machine, and this volume vividly recounts those early efforts which included the gallant but costly raids on Ploesti and Schweinfurt. Here too are the details of the RAF's 1000 bomber raid on Cologne and their successful attempts to blow up the dams of the Ruhr River.
The remarkable story of these critical struggles and courageous airmen is accompanied by hundred of action photographs--many never before published--which the author has gathered from official archives of the warring powers as well as from private colelctions and personal albums. Together narrative and photographs recreate the dramatic, moving, and often tragic opening round of the first trily world wide war of the skies.« less