Bomber Command

Churchill's Greatest Triumph

Roddy MacKenzie

This book takes the reader through the early days of the Second World War and introduces all the key individuals who turned the Command into the war-winning weapon it eventually became, as well as detailing the men and machines which flew night after night into the heart of Hitler's Germany.
Date Published :
November 2022
Publisher :
Air World
Language:
English
Illustration :
32 black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781399017725
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9.1 X 6.1 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order
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$39.95

Overview
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Roddy MacKenzie’s father served in Bomber Command during the Second World War, but like so many brave veterans who had survived the war, he spoke little of his exploits. So, when Roddy started on his personal journey to discover something of what his father had achieved, he uncovered a great deal about the devastating effectiveness of Bomber Command and the vital role it played in the defeat of Third Reich. He realized that the true story of Bomber Command’s achievements has never been told nor fully acknowledged.

Roddy became a man on a mission, and this startlingly revealing, and often personal study, is the result. Bomber Command: Churchill's Greatest Triumph takes the reader through the early days of the Second World War and introduces all the key individuals who turned the Command into the war-winning weapon it eventually became, as well as detailing the men and machines which flew night after night into the heart of Hitler’s Germany.

The main focus of his book is the destruction and dislocation wrought by the bombing to reduce, and ultimately destroy, Germany’s ability to make war. In his analysis, Roddy dug deep into German archival material to uncover facts rarely presented to either German or English language readers. These demonstrate that Bomber Command’s continual efforts, at appalling cost in aircrew casualties and aircraft losses, did far more damage to the Reich than the Allies knew.

Roddy’s father served with the Royal Canadian Air Force and Roddy naturally highlights its contribution to Bomber Command’s successes, another aspect of this fascinating story which the author believes has not been duly recognized.

Bomber Command: Churchill's Greatest Triumph will certainly raise the debate on the controversial strategy adopted by ‘Bomber’ Harris and how he was perceived by many to have over-stepped his remit. But most of all, this book will revise people’s understanding of just how important the endeavors were of those men who flew through the dark and through the searchlights, the flak, and the enemy night fighters, to bring the Second World War in Europe to its crushing conclusion.

About The Author
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Born and raised in Calgary, Roddy MacKenzie is a retired municipal law barrister and solicitor whose law firm he created acted for over fifty municipalities. Roddy was Municipal Law National Chair of the Canadian Bar Association and an Adjunct Professor of Municipal Law at the University of British Columbia. Roddy’s analytical skills to research and articulate his findings in courtrooms, city halls and elsewhere served him well in researching and writing this book. Roddy is a Life Member of the Bomber Command Museum of Canada, and belongs to the RAF Club in London, BC’s Air Force Officers Association, and New Zealand’s and Australia's Bomber Command Associations. He has visited over seventy countries and has a lifelong interest in the Second World War and Churchill. Roddy lives in West Vancouver with his wife Ka Hyun MacKenzie Shin and has four children – Mary Anne (Vancouver), Guy Roland and Ruaridh (London, UK) and Kai MacKenzie (Toronto).

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