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Journey's End : Bomber Command's Battle from Arnhem to Dresden and Beyond by Kevin Wilson
  

Journey's End : Bomber Command's Battle from Arnhem to Dresden and Beyond

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The last in Kevin Wilson’s history trilogy detailing Bomber operations in WWII. Kevin Wilson’s even handed approach tells the story from both sides using personal accounts from air crew and civilians. This is not a judgemental history, whatever the rights and wrongs of the German bombardments, the men involved faced constant danger, their bravery still not fully recognised - and it is their story, above all, that is being told here in such absorbing detail.

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Journey's End : Bomber Command's Battle from Arnhem to Dresden and Beyond by Kevin Wilson

In February 1945, British and American bombers rained down thousands of tons of incendiaries on the city of Dresden, creating one of the greatest firestorms in history. Their bombs killed an estimated 25,000 people, and wiped one of the most beautiful cities in Europe from the map. The controversy that erupted shortly afterwards, and which continues to this day, has long overshadowed the other events of the bomber war, and blighted the memory of the young men who gave their lives to fight in the skies over Germany. This book neither condemns the bombing of Dresden, nor excuses it, but simply puts it in its proper context as a devastating set of raids in a much larger campaign. To the crews who flew over Germany night after night there were other much more pressing worries: the V2 rockets that threatened their loved ones at home, the brand new German jet fighters that could strike them at speeds of over 600mph, the deadly flak over the cities of the Ruhr Valley. The bomber war had entered its final unforgiving months, and no quarter was given on either side. Kevin Wilson has interviewed over a hundred people for this book, some of whom flew on the Dresden raids, and many more who experienced other aspects of bombing, both in the air and on the ground. JOURNEY'S END chronicles the brutal endgame of a conflict that caused devastation and tragedy on both sides.

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This final part of a fine trilogy restores the young airmen to their rightful place in history . . . Wilson gives a brilliant insight into life in the air and on the ground.

Guardian

Despite their enormous courage and huge sacrifice, Britain has never formally acknowledged the bravery of the men who fought through the Second World War in Bomber Command. The men's valour was betrayed by politicians and they have been denied a medal honouring their campaign--SUNDAY EXPRESS A brilliant insight into life in the air and on the ground, and considers why a force that took the war into the heart of Germany on a nightly basis was ignored when the fighting stopped ... a long way to answering why there will be a memorial to these brave airmen in a London park--OBSERVER


About the Author

Kevin Wilson has spent most of his working life as a staff journalist on British national newspapers, including the DAILY MAIL and latterly the DAILY and SUNDAY EXPRESS. He is married with three grown-up sons and a daughter.

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Publication date

23rd June 2011

Author

Kevin Wilson

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Publisher

Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
464 pages

Categories

History
The Real World
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Second World War
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European history

ISBN

9780753828588

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