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Bombing Hitler's Hometown

Audiobook
Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   10 hour(s)
Publication date: 03/26/2024

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Bombing Hitler's Hometown

The Untold Story of the Last Mass Bomber Raid of World War II in Europe

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696615112

Summary

A brilliant, groundbreaking slice of military history, this riveting story of white-knuckled action over one of Europe's most heavily defended targets in the waning days of World War II also tells of the aftermath of the Linz, Austria, bombing—the heart-wrenching tales of survival and recovery, and the toll of warfare on both sides.

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In April 1945, Linz was one of Nazi Germany's most vital assets. It was a crucial transportation hub and communications center, with railyards brimming with war materiel destined for the front lines. Linz was also the town Hitler claimed as home and had long intended to remake as the cultural capital of Europe, filling its planned Fuehrermuseum with world-famous art stolen from his conquered territories.

Inevitably, Linz was also one of the most heavily defended targets remaining in Europe. The airmen of the Fifteenth Air Force were a mix of seasoned veterans and newcomers. As their mission was unveiled in the predawn hours of April 25th, audible groans and muffled expletives passed many lips. The reality of that mission would prove more brutal than any imagined.

Drawing on interviews with dozens of America's last surviving World War II veterans, as well as previously unpublished sources, Mike Croissant compellingly relates one of the war's last truly untold stories—a gripping chronicle of warfare, the death of Nazi Germany, and the beginning of the Cold War. It is also a timeless tale of courage and terror, loss and redemption, humanity and savagery.

Reviews/Praise

"This book encompasses, in great detail, every aspect of the air war over Europe—from the creation and issuance of a field order, down to those captured and taken prisoner of war. This is an outstanding read that should not be overlooked." —The Cipher Brief

Author Bio

Mike Croissant retired from the CIA in 2021 after serving for more than twenty years as an analyst and targeting officer in locations ranging from Washington DC to the Middle East and South and Central Asia. He currently lives in Texas. Visit him at mikecroissant.com.