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Big Week

The Biggest Air Battle of World War Two
Narrated by: Charles Armstrong
Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: History, Military
4.6 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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During the third week of February 1944, the combined Allied air forces launched their first-ever round-the-clock bomber offensive against Germany. 

The aim was to smash the main factories and production centres of the Luftwaffe and draw the German fighter force up into the air and into battle. Officially called Operation ARGUMENT, this monumental air assault very quickly became known simply as Big Week. 

Following the fortunes of pilots, aircrew and civilians from both sides, Big Week is a blistering narrative of one of the most critical periods of the entire war, one that culminated in the largest air battle ever witnessed.

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Good book let down by a few minor issues.

A pretty comprehensive account of this part of the war, and a goid book, but in telling both the US and Commonwealth sides, it jumped around a bit. Almost needed a US and British reader for clarity. A it was, it was let down by the narrator, who clearly didn't know the subject; the mispronounced names were especially galling; aces and places. I expect better.

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Excellent.

I always enjoy works by James Holland. There is a sense of urgency in his prose and his audio books are well narrated. Recommended.

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  • Nick Shoubridge
  • 24-03-2019

A good focus on the air war

Adrenaline fuelled first hand accounts and tragic stories, views from both sides, great account of a very important moment in WW2.

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  • Robert Hood
  • 03-03-2019

Full and informative

Have enjoyed the authors previous works and this is just as explorative, informative and places the listener in the era.

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  • Antony
  • 06-03-2020

Superb account

As usual James Holland delivers. What makes his books better than others is that they are written in a story telling way - it’s not stuffy nor full of fact after mind numbing fact. The characters are brought to life. The only bug bear for me is the narrator. He reads well, but his pronunciation of certain words make me want to tear the few remaining flecks of hair I have left on my head. For example, his continual pronunciation of “Fock Wulf” as opposed to Fokker, over and over, is ridiculous! Surely someone was on hand to correct him? And pronouncing the Dutch town of Twente as “Twent” sent me over the edge! Poor skills.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-09-2020

Thoroughly enjoyable

Great book and well read. Lots of fascinating details, very typical of James Holland books.

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  • mcfontaine
  • 17-05-2020

Another brilliant book

This time James Holland take a now little known part of WW2 and looks at if in forensic detail. He builds the backstory perfectly and from both sides of the conflict.

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  • YM
  • 22-04-2020

Good story of the subject

Having not much knowledge on Operation Argument, this is the book to listen to. Has some good info about the American side of the bombing war.

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  • C. B. Whitehead Esq
  • 04-03-2020

Allied victory over the Luftwaffe. How it was done and who did it.

Big week played a much more significant part in the outcome of WW2 than most people know. In fact most people have no idea about the strategic significance of the air war from 1942-45. Most historians gloss over it. This book explains and tells the story of the victory of the allied air forces over the Luftwaffe from the arrival of the USA in the European theatre to the eventual success of D-Day. “Big Week” was vital to this end. Read here how it was accomplished.

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  • A ANDREWS
  • 06-02-2019

Superb

Superb, couldn't put it down, should be read by everyone against brexit, Great Britain should always stand alone in Europe

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  • D. Williams
  • 17-07-2019

It's all been written before with more flair

Suggest picking up the books from the bibliography for this book instead, they are the better read.