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In this dramatic story of World War II, Jay A. Stout describes how the US built an air force of 2.3 million men after starting with 45,000 and defeated the world's best air force. In order to defeat Germany in World War II, the Allies needed to destroy the Third Reich's industry and invade its territory, but before they could effectively do either, they had to defeat the Luftwaffe, whose state-of-the-art aircraft and experienced pilots protected German industry and would batter any attempted invasion. This difficult task fell largely to the US, which, at the outset, lacked the necessary men, material, and training. Over the ensuing years, thanks to visionary leadership and diligent effort, the US Army Air Force developed strategies and tactics and assembled a well-trained force that convincingly defeated the Luftwaffe.
©2010 Jay A. Stout (P)2017 Tantor
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"A marvelously written work! Stout...offers stirring firsthand accounts of the strategies and doctrines that won the air war over Europe." (Col. Walter J. Boyne [Ret.], USAF, former director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum)
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By Daniel H. Johnson, Jr.., MD on 03-27-17

Great anecdotes.

This book is not well organized (or I could not recognize how it was organized) but it is full of interesting vignettes that more than make up for that one drawback.

The performance is excellent.

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By david on 07-27-17

A must read for WWII buffs

I thought I had exhausted interesting topics for WWII books. I was wrong. This is a unique focus on the USAF from it's infancy prior to WWII to the machine it became by the end of WWII. Also sprinkled in are 1st hand recollections from those who served. A perfect combination and tribute. I'm really glad I stumbled onto this book!

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