Bomber Harris His Life and Times: The Biography of Marshal of the Royal Air Force, Sir Arthur Harris, the Wartime Chief of Bomber Command by Henry Probert soon to be presented for sale on the outstanding BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Greenhill Books, 2001, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;
From the cover: This is the definitive biography of one of the most controversial figures of World War II. Sir Arthur Harris remains the target of criticism and vilification by many, while others believe the contribution he and his men made to victory is grossly undervalued. Henry Proberts critical but sympathetic new account draws on recent research and, for the first time, all of Harriss own extensive papers, to give outstanding insight into a man who combined leadership, professionalism and decisiveness with kindness, humour and generosity.
Probert examines Harriss life from youth in Rhodesia to fighting in World War I, the inter-war years, his two families and his post-war years in South Africa and England. He reveals and analyses how Harris did his job in RAF Bomber Command during World War II, how he led his men in the face of appalling casualties, his disagreements with higher authority, his dealings with Churchill, his close links with the Americans, his role in directing the bombing raids against Germany, most notably at Dresden, and the way he was treated afterwards.
Bomber Harris provides the most complete and rounded picture of one of the great high commanders of modern times and an outstanding military personality of World War II.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 432 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.