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Before the Storm

By Robert Jackson

This is the story of the difficult, dangerous early years of Bomber Command’s war: a story of men and machines thrown into battle against hopeless odds and sacrificed because they were too few and it was too late.

It is the often frightening story of decisions, right and wrong, that influenced the course of the strategic air offensive against Germany.

But above all, it is a story of courage and endurance, of the men whose nightly effort in the skies above Germany did so much to sustain the morale of the British people at a time when the might of the Third Reich seemed everywhere victorious.

This is the heroic story of Bomber Command at the start of their long and arduous war.

Robert Jackson was born in 1941 in the North Yorkshire village of Melsonby. A former pilot and navigation instructor, his active involvement with aviation lasted many years. Following his retirement from the RAFVR in 1977 as a squadron leader, he became a full-time aviation writer and aerospace correspondent and lectured extensively on strategic issues. He speaks five languages, including Russian, and has written more than forty nonfiction works on military affairs. He is also the author of the popular Yeoman and SAS fiction series.

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