Despatch on War Operations: 23rd February 1942 to 8th May 1945, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Despatch on War Operations

23rd February 1942 to 8th May 1945, 1st Edition

By Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Travers Harris

Edited by Sebastian Cox

Routledge

284 pages

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This is the first time that Sir Arthur Bomber' Harris's own papers covering his three and a half years at Bomber Command have been published and made available to the general public. The book also contains an introduction by Sebastian Cox, an Air Staff Memorandum written immediately after the war and a revisionist German viewpoint by Horst Boog. It stands as a landmark in the controversy that still rages over the man who led Bomber Command's campaign in the Second World War.

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For the serious student of air power this book is a must" but it also makes absorbing reading for anyone interested in the bomber offensive." Sir Michael Beetham, Marshal of the Royal Air Force, Aerospace

Choice, June 96

"An excellent introductory essay … Historians and others can at last make their own judgements.

"belongs in the library of anyone interested in the strategic bombing campaign … a very worthwhile volume."

Canadian Military History

"Whatever your particular view on this debate, this offering is valuable." War in History

"This is a remarkable book, which will appeal not just to the second world war historian, but also to those who enjoy an insight into the way Whitehall operated 50 years ago." The Times

"… it is extremely difficult to approach the subject in a spirit of historical objectivity. This, however, [Sebastian Cox] has achieved admirably in a scrupulously fair introduction…followed by an invaluable paragraph-by-paragraph commentary, which shows where Harris was economical with the truth, made exaggerated claims or glossed over failures." Times Literary Supplement

"The Despatch is not just a facsimile reproduction of the document that was classified for many years…The 200 or so pages that make up the despatch are full of details on almost everything that went in to making Bomber command such a mighty weapon of war…it must surely take its place amongst the really outstanding works on Bomber Command in the Second World War."

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Times Higher Education Supplement, 25/7/97 - Air Marshal Sir Timothy Garden

"This is a remarkable book, which will appeal not just to the second world war historian, but also to those who enjoy an insight into the way Whitehall operated 50 years ago. There may even be lessons for today."

Contemporary British History, Vol 10, No 3, Autumn 96

"The omissions and distortions in the despatch are ably catalogued by Cox. His critique is intelligent and balanced."

Air Mail, Jan-March 96

"This book will not change the views of people "of a certain maturity", but it is a most valuable and interesting historical document."

"For the specialist, for reference, for those studying the brain and sinews of the Command rather than the chronological effect and deployment of their applications and yet, for those involved, a book difficult to put down."

Air Pictorial, Jan 96

"As a primary source of reference it is essential reading."

The Times, 6/11/95

Major news report on publication.

Stone and Stone Second World War Book Review

"While the Despatch and its appendices are full of interest and value, the publisher has vastly increased the overall impact of the book by adding several new sections to include other perspectives and to put the Desptach in its historical context."

Foreign and Security Policy web site, at http://www.tgarden.demon.co.uk/writings/articles/artharris.html

"This is a remarkable book, which will appeal not just to the World War 2 historian, but also to those who enjoy an insight into the way Whitehall operated 50 years ago. There may even be lessons for today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS027000
HISTORY / Military / General
POL012000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security