|Author||Martin W. Bowman|
The book covers the ins and outs of the air war at night between mid 43 and the end of the war. It is not for everyone, however, but any serious student of the air was over Europe will find a lot of historical research here and some points for further investigation
Plenty of space is given over to the fates of planes and crews, and you cannot come away without feeling a sense of horror at the brutality endured by night bomber crews as they flew on, knowing they could be being stalked for an attack that would nearly certain ly kill the entire crew (a Schragemusik attack on a Lancaster fuel tank was certain to result in a loss of a wing and no way to bail out).
Coverage of both sides is balanced, and the German crews are given plenty of print. The impact of the changing nature of the war, in terms of technology, and the seesaw battle is also given plenty of space.
The downside, which I feel is minor, is the repetitive nature of the description of kills and fate of the crews. At times, it gets to be a bit much, reading the fates of both bomber and fighter crews, but this should not discourage the serious student.
All in all, a deep and excellent read, just not for a neophyte to the subject.