Deadly Skies

DEADLY SKIES: THE AIR WAR IN EUROPE, 1940-1945

By Bernard T Nolan

This history of the WWII air war in Europe reflects both the inside story of a bomber pilot who was there and the broader perspective of an intensive study in the ensuing decades.  The book will grab readers from page one, with its engaging and electric storytelling and comprehensive understanding. It explores the bombing campaigns from several angles and scales of perspective, personal memoir to broader historical narratives. It covers the political causes of WWII, history of the development and deployment of aircraft in wars, types of aircraft used at different points in history with details of their construction and design, strategists and the military strategies and theories they developed involving air warfare, details of specific battles, and the effect of the air attacks in WWII on the countries and populations involved. It also explores the question of the morality of such attacks during wartime. It is a gripping read and a masterful narrative, the definitive work on the military strategy and experience that changed history.

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“We were now headlong into the black hell. I watched a stricken B-24 in its death throes pass below me. My thoughts turned to the past – a kid from the great depression, driven like so many of my generation by a burning obsession to fly. I was not ready for what I saw as we turned from the initial point to the heading that would take us to the target and ten more minutes in hell. The sky was alive with black pulsating images with red-orange cores. The intercom was deadly quiet, each of us ten souls aboard alone in our fear. Mesmerized with the exploding black clouds called flak over a place called Lutzkendorf in Germany, I now experienced a Faust moment; to realize my obsession, I had traded my soul to the Devil.”

- Bernard T Nolan

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