World War Two From Above

An Aerial View of the Global Conflict

Author: Jeremy Harwood


9781921966507World War Two From Above retells the fascinating and hitherto little-known story of the battle waged by Allied and Axis spies in the skies to obtain accurate aerial intelligence during the Second World War.

Featuring dozens of eye-catching aerial reconnaissance photographs drawn from the archives compiled by all the major fighting powers, the accompanying text sheds light on the daring pilots who risked death to shoot these photographs, and the photographic interpreters who pioneered a totally new science to reveal the secrets they contained.

Inspiring and informative chapters focus on particularly crucial World War Two operations. Examples include the aerial reconnaissance that led to the airborne assault on the Italian fleet at Taranto; the hunt for the supposedly unsinkable German battleship Bismarck; and the Dam Busters’ raid on the Ruhr dams. The final section focuses on the end of the war with the D-Day landings, V-Weapons, the firestorm raids on Tokyo and the dropping of the first atomic bombs on Japan.

Specifications: Hardback | 220 x 250 mm | 208 pages | Full colour throughout

About the author:

Jeremy Harwood studied history at Christ Church, Oxford, where he won an Open Exhibition and, in his final year, was awarded the Sir Keith Feiling Memorial Prize as the top history undergraduate of his year. After graduation, he worked in publishing for many years before becoming a full-time author.

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 Contents:                                  Airwaves Review – August 2014


Introduction 6Airwaves review
Map 8

Beginnings 11
Pioneer Balloonists 12
Airplanes and Cameras 14
Photographing the Trenches 16
Between the Wars 21
Top Secret Missions 22

Blitzkrieg 33
Restricted Flying 34
Operation Sealion 40
The Battle of Britain 44
The Blitz 48
Air War in the Mediterranean 54

End of the Beginning 61
An Air Intelligence Revolution 62
Kriegsmarine 73
The Battle for Crete 78
Barbarossa and After 82
Pearl Harbor and the Pacific 88

Turning the Tide 97
The Americans Arrive 98
The Doolittle Raid 104
The Battle at Midway 108
The 1,000 Bomber Raid 112
The Dam Busters 118
The Battle over Hamburg 124
‘Europe’s Soft Underbelly’ 130
From Ruhr to Berlin 136
Precision Bombing 142

The End of the War 153
Overlord and After 154
V Weapons 168
Setting Tokyo Ablaze 190
Hiroshima and Nagasaki 196

Bibliography/further reading 202
Index 204
Credits 208




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