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Big week : the biggest air battle of World War II, James Holland

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Big week : the biggest air battle of World War II
Title
Big week
Title remainder
the biggest air battle of World War II
Statement of responsibility
James Holland
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • During the third week of February 1944, the combined Allied air forces based in Britain and Italy launched their first round-the-clock bomber offensive against Germany. Their goal: to smash the main factories and production centers of the Luftwaffe while also drawing German planes into an aerial battle of attrition to neutralize the Luftwaffe as a fighting force prior to the cross-channel invasion, planned for a few months later. Officially called Operation ARGUMENT, this aerial offensive quickly became known as 'Big Week,' and it was one of the turning-point engagements of World War II
  • "During the third week of February 1944, the combined Allied air forces based in Britain and Italy launched their first round-the-clock bomber offensive against Germany. Their goal: to smash the main factories and production centers of the Luftwaffe while also drawing German planes into an aerial battle of attrition to neutralize the Luftwaffe as a fighting force prior to the cross-channel invasion, planned for a few months later. Officially called Operation ARGUMENT, this aerial offensive quickly became known as 'Big Week,' and it was one of the turning-point engagements of World War II. In [this book], acclaimed World War II historian James Holland chronicles the massive air battle through the experiences of those who lived and died during it. Prior to Big Week, the air forces on both sides were in crisis. Allied raids into Germany were being decimated, but German resources--fuel and pilots--were strained to the breaking point. Ultimately new Allied aircraft--especially the American long-range P-51 Mustang-and superior tactics won out during Big Week. Through interviews, oral histories, diaries, and official records, Holland follows the fortunes of pilots, crew and civilians and military leaders on both sides--from famed actor and bomber captain Jimmy Stewart to German ace Heinz Knoke to British Air Marshal Arthur "Bomber" Harris. Taking readers from strategic meetings at command headquarters to fighter cockpits during aerial dogfights to anti-aircraft positions and civilian chaos on the ground, Holland vividly recreates the campaign as it was conceived and unfolded. In the end, the six days of intense air battles largely cleared the skies of enemy aircraft when the invasion took place on June 6, 1944--D-Day. [This book] is both an original contribution to WWII literature and a brilliant piece of narrative history, recapturing a largely forgotten campaign that was one of the most critically important periods of the entire war."--Dust jacket
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PUL
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1970-
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Holland, James
Dewey number
940.54/213
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
D785
LC item number
.H57 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • Great Britain
  • Germany
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
Label
Big week : the biggest air battle of World War II, James Holland
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 377-385) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Dogfight over Germany -- Part I: Crisis. For the love of flying ; Flying for the Reich ; Black Thursday ; America's bomber men ; Learning the hard way ; The defence of the Reich ; The nub of the matter ; In the bleak midwinter ; Mustang ; New arrivals -- Part II: The turning point. Fighter boys ; Change at the top ; Berlin ; Spaatz and Doolittle take charge ; Thirty against one ; Dicing with death ; Little friends ; Waiting for a gap in the weather -- Part III: Big Week. Saturday, 19 February 1944 ; Sunday, 20 February 1944 ; Monday, 21 February 1944 ; Tuesday, 22 February 1944 ; Thursday, 24 February 1944 ; Friday, 25 February 1944 -- Glossary ; Appendices ; Timeline
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
Extent
xxvii, 402 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780802128393
Lccn
2018047031
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40028643313
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • on1056200651
  • (OCoLC)1056200651
  • 2464414
Label
Big week : the biggest air battle of World War II, James Holland
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 377-385) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Dogfight over Germany -- Part I: Crisis. For the love of flying ; Flying for the Reich ; Black Thursday ; America's bomber men ; Learning the hard way ; The defence of the Reich ; The nub of the matter ; In the bleak midwinter ; Mustang ; New arrivals -- Part II: The turning point. Fighter boys ; Change at the top ; Berlin ; Spaatz and Doolittle take charge ; Thirty against one ; Dicing with death ; Little friends ; Waiting for a gap in the weather -- Part III: Big Week. Saturday, 19 February 1944 ; Sunday, 20 February 1944 ; Monday, 21 February 1944 ; Tuesday, 22 February 1944 ; Thursday, 24 February 1944 ; Friday, 25 February 1944 -- Glossary ; Appendices ; Timeline
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
Extent
xxvii, 402 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780802128393
Lccn
2018047031
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40028643313
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • on1056200651
  • (OCoLC)1056200651
  • 2464414

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