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A definitive new edition of a classic memoir, published in association with the RAF Museum, complete with notes from leading historians. 

Guy Gibson was the leader of the famous Dambusters raid and Enemy Coast Ahead is a vivid, honest account, widely regarded as one of the best books on World War II. It is also an insider's account that sets down in clear, honest detail the challenges that the RAF faced in the war against Germany's Luftwaffe. 

Tragically, Gibson died in September 1944, when his Mosquito crashed near Steenbergen in the Netherlands. He was aged just 26. This new book has been published to mark the 75th anniversary of his death and includes an introduction by James Holland, a historian and broadcaster, and notes by Dr. Robert Owen, the Official Historian of the No. 617 Squadron Association.

©2019 Guy Gibson (P)2020 Greenhill Books

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Terrible Narrator

Interesting to hear Guy Gibson's own words, but probably the worst choice of narrator I've ever heard. Not just doesn't sound right, he mispronounces too many terms. A shame, because the narration destroys the book.

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Written by a hero who soon too to give his life

A poignant read. Written by a young leader who within a year was to give his own life. No review could ever do this book, this author, justice. Highly recommended

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A story about true Heroes

A classic first hand account of Bomber Command culminating wirh the Dams raid Written in 1944 and I loved it.

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  • 10-09-20

Interesting perspective but not enough action

The book provides some interesting perspective from a pilot who was there at the time. Guy Gibson is, of course, more than just a pilot, he was the celebrated leader of the 617 squadron, the Dam Busters. If you're interested in the history, this book is worth a listen, if not, however, you might find it disappointing. Quick thoughts... - I didn't realize that Gibson spent time flying night fighters. That was an interesting part of this book. - Good perspective on early war bomber command - Gibson's first hand account of the dams raid was quite good, and the way he opened the book with the approach to that raid was really well written (given that opening, it seemed to me that he was a really good writer and, therefore, I was hoping for more from the rest of the book). It was fascinating that, because this book was written during the war and the bouncing bomb was a military secret, Gibson never actually mentions that the bombs skipped along the water when dropped. James Holland's recent book on the dams raid provides a lot more detail and overall excitement about that raid. - Perhaps one of the weakest parts of this presentation was the narration. I really appreciate the time that narrators put into doing their work for us and this one seemed engaged and professional. The problem was that his speaking style is almost monotonous. It was easy, therefore, for my mind to wander. - The book had less flying and more administrative details than I hoped for - Gibson ends with the dams raid but doesn't cover his career thereafter (He was killed on a mission a year or so afterward) So, not horrible, but it might not be super engaging for someone looking for an action book.