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By William Wister Haines

“This taut, continually engrossing novel of an American bomber command dependent in England packs an effective effect from its first page.” – The long island Times (Jan. five, 1947)

“Rare it really is piece of fiction smacks the reader among the eyes with conviction that it has burst spontaneously from the narrator’s mind and is a narrative that needed to be told.” – Chicago Tribune (Jan. five, 1947)

Leader of an elite staff of yank heavy bomber planes, common Casey Dennis of the U.S. Air strength is distributed to England throughout the top of global battle II—and orders his pilots deep into German territory which will disrupt construction of the Luftwaffe’s fighter jets. compelled to stability the protection of his group opposed to the lives of millions of Allied troops prior to D-Day, and laid low with political interference pressuring him to assault much less risky objectives, normal Dennis needs to make agonizing life-and-death decisions—with the end result of the battle, and the way forward for the Air strength, within the balance.

A interesting fictional account of the USAAF bombings of Germany in the course of international struggle II, this foreign bestseller takes a detailed, suspenseful examine the calls for confronted by way of generals pressured to ship their troops on determined, lethal missions. This booklet was once the root for a film of an analogous identify, starring Clark Gable. A former US intelligence officer in the course of global struggle II, writer William Wister Haines lends an depth to the prose expert by means of firsthand experience.


William Wister Haines (1908–1989) used to be an American writer born in Des Moines, Iowa. To aid himself whereas attending the collage of Pennsylvania’s Wharton tuition of industrial, Haines labored at the building of the community of electrical transmission towers being put in national. on the age of 24, he used this adventure as a lineman in writing his first novel, Slim, which turned a countrywide top vendor in 1934. Warner Brothers made the ebook right into a movie starring Henry Fonda and Pat O’Brien.

Haines served in international battle II as an intelligence officer with the U.S. 8th Air strength in Britain, largely comparing the energy of the German Air strength and making plans bombing raids. He later labored with the group that first cracked German battle codes, a venture referred to as “Ultra.”

Following the struggle, Haines all started engaged on Command Decision, at first as a play. His writer, Little Brown, advised he use the topic for a unique. The e-book quick rose to turn into a countrywide top vendor and is thought of as the 1st significant tale informed approximately international battle II. In October 1947, the play model of Command opened on Broadway on the Fulton Theater and ran for 409 performances.

MGM acquired the motion picture rights, performing at the behest of Clark Gable, who observed the tale as a automobile reflecting his own reviews as an Air strength officer. He performed the hero, normal Casey Dennis, who needs to make life-and-death judgements on bombing runs whereas affected by political interference pressuring him to assault much less risky targets.

Haines’s 1961 novel, The iciness War, gained the Golden Spur award from the Western Writers of the USA. He additionally labored on a number of movies, together with Torpedo Run, On Wings of Eagles and Beyond Glory. He died in 1989 on the age of eighty-one.

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