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    DescriptionThis is a comprehensive history of Britain's greatest bomber plane. The Spitfire and the Lancaster were the two RAF weapons of victory in the Second World War, but the glamour of the fighter has tended to overshadow the performance of the heavy bomber. Yet without the Lancaster, Britain would never have been able to take the fight to the German homeland. Lancaster highlights the scale of the bomber's achievements, including the famous Dambusters attacks. With its vast bomb bay, ease of handling and surprising speed, the mighty Lancaster transformed the effectiveness of the Bomber Command. Whilst addressing the political controversy surrounding the bombing offensive against Germany, Leo McKinstry also weaves individual tales into this compelling narrative. Rich characters are brought to life, such as Roy Chadwick the designer, who taught himself engineering at night school and Sir Arthur Harris, the austere head of the Bomber Command. This is a rich saga, a story of triumph over disaster and the history of an iconic plane.

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    The Second World War's Greatest Bomber
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Leo McKinstry
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 592
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 43 mm
    Weight: 796 g
    ISBN 13: 9781848543386
    ISBN 10: 1848543387

    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1, HBLW
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC subject category V2: JWG
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000, HIS027140
    DC22: 940.544941
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100, HIS037070, TEC025000
    BIC subject category V2: JWMV3
    Thema V1.0: NHWR7, JWCM, NHD, NHWL, JWMV
    Edition statement
    Export/Airside ed
    John Murray General Publishing Division
    Imprint name
    John Murray Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    03 September 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Leo McKinstry writes regularly for the Daily Mail, Sunday Telegraph and Spectator. He has also written six books including Spitfire and a best-selling biography of the footballing Charlton brothers. Born in Belfast he was educated in Ireland and at Cambridge University.
    Review quote
    "* 'Brilliantly researched and sharply written' - News of the World * 'Convincing...excellent book' - The daily Telegraph, Phillip Addison * 'This is one of the most interesting wartime books that I have read for many a day. I recommend it to others' - Dover Express/Folkestone Herald, Terry Sutton * 'Extremely readable...rich narrative' - Kent on Sunday, Terry Sutton * '(Leo McKinstry) describes the Lancaster as a heavy machine rendered graceful by its elegant design. The same description might be applied to his own book" - The Literary Review"