Spies in the Sky: The Secret Battle for Aerial Intelligence During World War II

Trafalgar Square. Nov. 2012. c.416p. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781408703625. pap. $19.95. HIST
Aerial photography, crucial for military strategy and operations, came of age during World War II with advances in cameras and film technology. Writer and documentary filmmaker Downing (Churchill's War Lab) offers an appealing and well-documented popular military history. He focuses on the primarily British operation that looked down on Nazi Europe, discussing the well-known preparations for Operation Sea Lion (Germany's plan to invade the UK), the D-day invasion, the hunt for Germany's V-weapons, and the bombing campaigns. The real heart of the book is its descriptions of the painstakingly detailed work required of the photo interpreters and the dangerous flights undertaken by the intrepid reconnaissance pilots, with ordinary and elite classes thrown together in a high-pressure environment with enormously high stakes.
VERDICT Recommended to all readers interested in World War II intelligence operations, the air war, and the European theater.
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