The Battle of Berlin

The Battle of Berlin – Bomber Command over the Third Reich 1943 – 1945 written by Martin Bowman and published by Pen and Sword Books £30.00 – Hardback – Pages 447

Sir Arthur Travis ‘Bomber’ Harris basically ran Bomber Command with a passion, he always believed the best way was to go big against Nazi Germany. The book follows the number and organisation of what turned out to be thousands of bombing raids over Berlin and the surrounding area. Although 40% of the population leaves the city, not as much of the city ended up being destroyed, especially when you consider how much was dropped on it. It turned out Germany had its own Blitz spirit too. This book contains a fascinating look into the aircrews used and the effect on those who had to live through this constant bombing. The research and insights throughout this book are both splendid and exhausting. A definitive book and comprehensive read by an excellent author and historian in Martin Bowman.

As I’ve said previously any book written by Martin Bowman is a fantastic writer and historian, because he really does know his stuff which is why he has huge WWII portfolio of books. The research and writing is second to none, and I would say that this is born out on the back cover from a number of reviews from equally good historians. You learn an awful lot from this book and stuff I hadn’t known about before. I really enjoyed how the author went into so much detail not just about the people but also the daily flights and missions, you learn so much about the personnel it can sometimes be a lot to take in. This is a phenomenal book on the subject, certainly one I’d want on my shelf, this is a definite one to get. I give this a 5 star rating.

Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.

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