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Dambusters

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-20

This was a brilliantly told story of the bravery, determination and dedication of 133 617 Squadrons crews. They overcome many obstacles placed before them by beaurocracy, none believers and doubt. And proved them all wrong. There were battles 'behind' the scenes which Barnes Wallis had to confront, and win. The bravery of those Lancaster crews can NOT be denied. Though losses were suffered via totally freakish good fortunes for the Germans. Let's NOT forget the moral boosting effect that this dams raid had in England the next day, 17th May 1943. We desperately needed it. Though one puzzling, even stupid change was issued by Saltbry, stating that the World can could be destroyed by Upkeep! Whereas the Sorpe was a flat can and nothing like the Mohne or Eider dams. Even recconosance photographs showed how impractical an attack by Upkeep would be. Yet the Sorpe was still attacked! Where I believe, one of the alternative dams selected would have served a much better purpose. However, hindsight is a wonderful thing for aiding criticisms. The people involved THEN, dealt with what they believed to be the correct method with what they had to work with at THAT time. It is STILL a bloody fantastic achievement right across the board. A fantastic story told by a fantastic historian. James Holland. How good is that?

Dresden

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-02-13

|This first part of the story of the bombing of Dresden gives an in depth build up history of the creation of this beautiful city as it was then in 1945. The history of how Dresden came about is very interesting and detailed. The narrator gives full depth of meaning to the descriptions that are given. Though it may be difficult to visualize what is being spoken about in the description of Dresden's forming throughout the early wars of dominance with most of the then surrounding European countries. Then Hitler arrived on the scene with his Nazi's. The demise of Dresden was only then a matter of time. Especially it became the hub of manufacturing factories of high grade optical instruments of war along with other war industries. Which slowly turned this beautiful city into an eventual legitimate target for the Allied air forces. Namely the RAF at night and then the USAAF during the day. Riveting listening which allows ones imagination to place you at the scene and become part of the story.

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FLAK

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-13

This is so humbling to listen to these Aussies talk about their experiences during the war. As they talk about their experiences in a so matter of fact manner.That it beggers belief that they are actually talking about frontline combat which more than likely made them fill their pants!!!! The narrator talks you through the approaching stories in the same matter of fact tone as the actual combatants do themselves. Yet all the time they are telling their stories. These men talk down their bravery as nothing more than they were just doing their job. As it was a job that needed doing!! All through this audio book there were moments of hilarity....as long as you have the same sence of humour as the Aussies....as well as sadness at the losses they experienced. Though moreso their indomitable spirit and loyalty speaks volumes with their own spoken words. This is definatly well worth listening to folks. Find out for yourselves how brave these men were and how they just played their war time experiences down to what can only be described as, in their own words, "nothing special" An absoulute brilliant listen, very humbling and educational to boot.

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First Light

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-12

Yet another brilliant audio book for your ears. It puts you right in there with Geoffrey Wellums life and times. Where such innocence was to be rapidy introduced to the realities and horrors of all out war 25,000 feet above the fields of England. Listening to his life story unfolding. It is easy to let your imagination run wild. By actually mentally visulising yourself actually being there, touching the controls of his Spitfire and taking control to save your own life! It makes amazing listening. Especially the combat descriptive scenes. You will not be disappointed with this audio book folks. Try it and see.

Flying For France.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-07-12

This is a view of a long gone era. When young men searched for adventure of an exilerating level as well as achallenge. that came with the advent of the first flying machines of World War One. Where these young men had nothing more than canvas and wire in an absoulute fragile flying machine. These men found new levels of bravery which included chivalry , bravery , honour and a gentlemanly unwritten conduct for this new founded air war fare. Though all that was to change as the war progressed and more efficient ways to die alone were being learnt. These young men had no parachutes and most weapons for their aircraft were implimented by a pilots idea. However. Lsten to this audiobook and discover how these men lived, loved and died. Often unkowingly by their friends and squadrons. Having a damaged and fragile canvas covered aeroplane flying over the trenches on the wrong side. Leaves not a lot to the choices these men had to live and fight another day. Chivalry still lived,just, though as this war progressed very little survived of that past age. As most of these young men were rotting corps within the turmoil of no-mans land and often in sight of both armies. Well worth a listening to even if just to get an idea of what was involved within the two week expected life span of a pilot on a front line squadron in the first world war.

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The Time Train To The Blitz.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-12

What a pleasntly entertaining and enchanting story this audible book was to listen to. It catches ones imagination to such an extent. That you almost believe that you're actually watching this story unfold before your eyes. It is so captivatingly simple to follow. The story is set in the present, and revolves around a brother, his sister and a faithful dog and their mysterious rescue mission back in time to 1941. It all starts when they are out playing, that they are captivated with curiosity with a glowing light that catches their attention. This results in a mystery train that semms to float and has no sound other than a whistle. The children and their dog board the train. Where they view a scene on a massive TV screen that means nothing nor any sense to them. Little do they realise that THAT scene they observed IS their mission. Their journey back in time is swift. They ask themselves questions on what's going on. No answers are known. They are confused and puzzled. Once they disembark the train. They eventually piece together the reason behind their journey once they come across a boy named Alfie Suggs.
From that moment on the story falls beautifully into place and all makes sense. This pleasing story can't fail but raise a little smile of pleasure at something so simple yet so captivating. Well worth a listen.

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The Sinking of The Bismark. The Deadly Hunt.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-06-12

Wow..this is one heck of a true story and well read. It is the tense story of the Bismark and the threat it posed not only to Britain but in particular a dangerous threat to the Royal Navy. The danger that the Bismark posed was enormous, and had to be dealt with. When the Hood was sunk with all hands bar three. Britains navy had its orders to hunt the Bismark down and destroy her. Churchill had the RN pull out all the stops to dispose of the Bismark after the loss of the Hood. There are some interesting facts in this piece of history that were never mentioned, but this story is thrilling from the first word to the last. All the actions are beautifully explained in the thrilling and evocative spoken word that one can not avoid feeling part it. I enjoyed this audible book very much indeed. I am sure that you will to when you listen to it.

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Masters of The Air

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-12

You have just got to listen to this audio book. It demonstartes just what was involved with the USAAF and their bombing missions over the Third Reich. The battles that were going daily, during day time, with the American bomber crews against the Luftwaffe and the numerous flak batteries. Is described in authentic detail. It beggers belief that these men were destined to do their bombing missions in daylight. Especially when the RAF got slaughtered when they tried it. However, keeping those USAAF bombers doing their missions created other battles on the ground for their High Command. As the pressure from the USA on the horrendous losses caused their own problems in justifying a continuation of the bombing. Achieving that aim in itself is eye opening, and sometimes surprising. All the problems that the bomber crews of the USAAF suffered at heavy cost of life and aircraft are mentioned in full. So to support the bombing missions the USAAF High Command had to fight a war on two fronts. One on the ETO and the other on The Home Front where the dollars, bombers and aircrew come from. The stories told of these men during their bombing missions leaves not much to the imagination. Their bravery is unquestionable and undeniable. Listen to the events as they unfold. Some of them will surprise you with what was actually involved with the wheeling and dealings that went on behind the closed doors in High Command. Leaving the bomber crews to carry out those decisions made without any say in the matter. That was war. That was the bombers war. Though which is the more difficult?. Bombing during daylight where you can see and be seen. Or bombing at night. Where one can not see but can still be seen? Especially over the lit target area. Either way. This audio puts to rights what actually went on with what the men of the USAAF bomber crews had to endure and live with on a daily basis. Yet somehow.....try and come to terms with what their lost innocense had witnessed and experienced.

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