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The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Lancaster Bomber: The History of Britain's Greatest Night Bomber of World War II, in More Than 275 Photographs

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    Nigel Cawthorne(Author)

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This title tells the story of the greatest night bomber of World War II, illustrated with over 275 photographs. It takes you through the design, development, construction and history of the Lancaster, as well as its role in the major battles of the war. It includes first-hand accounts from people who lived through the war in Germany and in Britain, as well as profiles of the pilots who flew and fought over Europe. Stunning photographs of the planes themselves and of the destruction wrought on its target cities bring the devastating power of these machines to life. It features a fascinating and engaging narrative written by a leading military history expert. "The Lancaster Bomber" led the air offensive in the darkest days of World War II. This book describes how the plane was developed to fit into an entirely new role in warfare, and explains how the Lancaster could take the war to the enemy to devastating effect. Also covered is the production of the plane and the modifications made throughout its lifetime. This book shows what it was like to fly a Lancaster over the flak-filled skies of Nazi Germany, and lists where surviving planes can be seen today. This fascinating text is the ultimate reference for anybody with an interest in military history or aviation.

Nigel Cawthorne has a degree in physics and is a distinguished author of over 110 books, many focusing on military history. His writing has also appeared in over 150 newspapers, magazines and partworks on both sides of the Atlantic - including the Financial Times and the New York Tribune. His titles include Battles of the Second World War, Fighting Them on the Beaches, Great Military Commanders and D-Day: Dawn of the Heroes.

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  • PDF | 256 pages
  • Nigel Cawthorne(Author)
  • Southwater (8 Oct. 2015)
  • English
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  • History

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  • By M. A. Grigg on 24 November 2013

    The original title of this book was 'Lancaster: WWII Night Bomber and Dambuster'. This title reflects the content far more accurately than 'Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia'. I guess for only £6.99 one shouldn't expect too much, but on the whole, I was disappointed with this book. I had hoped to see Squadron listings, serial codes, etc., plus a lot more technical info.

  • By Geoffrey Lamplugh on 10 November 2015

    The title of this book is very misleading, for it is not an in depth (encylopaedic) book on the Avro Lancaster aircraft we all associate with WW2, but, rather A.V. Roe aircraft in general from bi-planes to modern jets. This is obvious even on a first glance and click through the pages. Whilst a portion of the book may relate to the Lancaster as do a number of the photos it is not an 'everything you want to know' about the iconic aircraft; which anyone would rightly expect it to be from the title. I am pleased that I did not pay full price, for although the quality of book printing and production is very good and attractive and the content may be of good, general interest as to the aircraft of the company, the fact remains, that it does not give the reader an in depth presentation of the Lancaster bomber. I will enjoy the read. But it is not why I bought the book.

  • By A. R. Jacubs on 20 September 2014

    I have read many books about Bomber Command and the extraordinary brave men who flew the various bombers. I am particularly interested in the Avro Lancaster and therefore decided to purchase this book called “The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Lancaster Bomber”. For a start this title is so misleading because the book contains details and pictures of so many other types of aircraft both old and new that one has to search for a picture of the Lanc and when one is found it is likely to be pink! Yes half or more of the original black and white photographs have been given a quite awful pink tint. Why for heavens sake? It contains pink aircraft, pink bombs, pink buildings, pink bomb damage, pink almost everything. One has to get to page 60 before the Lanc is really mentioned and then it goes back to WW1 aircraft again before showing lovely photos of a Spitfire and Vulcan and some present day commercial aircraft which are mostly in glorious colour. In a nutshell this book is a fraud. If someone is looking for a book of photographs of the Lancaster Bomber I strongly suggest they avoid spending money on this quite dreadful and misleading waste of paper. It deserves no stars at all.

  • By Mrs S Andrews on 18 September 2013

    This is a super book, packed full of information, with a large number of photographs and diagrams. I would highly recommend it. Just one comment which prospective buyers should note - in order to provide such a concise history of the Lancaster Bomber in one book, the text has been made very small. Anyone with an eyesight problem might struggle with the print size.

  • By S. Turner on 28 June 2013

    Bought this for my dad who has a great love and interest in Lancasters. He rates it highly, said that although it's a realtively small book there is not only a lot of information in it but also some things he didn't previously know (he knows a lot!). He was really thrilled with it.

  • By teddybear's pal on 12 July 2013

    This is one of the two best books I have found about the Lancaster Bomber. It is excellant value for money.

  • By W.K. Urmston on 9 March 2014

    This book was not quite what I expected. I was looking for a book on the aeroplane itself, but this book is about it's wartime operations.It is a very interesting read, & contains lots of information about the raids on Germany, but not what I wanted.


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