Markus Lenz

Aviation - Aerial Photography - Airborne Imagery

Aerial Reconnaissance and Imagery Intelligence as well as Research of historical aerial photographs and aerial views

Germany, 24 hours after World War II

This electronic book tells the story of a sightseeing tour of Germany at the end of the European War. In May 1945, thousands of men who had, in countless ways, played a part in the aerial attack on Germany received their first opportunity to see the fruits of their labors. The Royal Air Force (RAF), the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the United States Army Air Forces (AAF, USAAF) all played a part in the destruction.

The Trolley Mission 1945: Aerial Pictures and Photographs of Germany, 24 hours after World War II - Amazon Kindle E-Book

The Trolley Mission 1945
Aerial Pictures and Photographs of Germany,
24 Hours After World War II
ISBN: 978-1-3109-7603-2

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Review by Timothy Miyahara
Short English summary of the German work with sample photographs
★★★★
The Trolley Missions 1945 was free on Amazon kindle, so the price was right, and the author's intentions were as well. I think understanding the intent and context of this short Kindle ebook in English will go a long way in managing expectations and appreciating the work of the author, Herr Markus Lenz. Herr Lenz completed a more thorough and academic work on the subject in German with the cooperation of the 392nd Bomb Group Memorial Association. The study is intended for the Saxon State and Univeristy Library in Dresden. This Kindle ebook is just a sample of the aerial photographs and explanatory text imperfectly translated to English, and directs the reader to the website www.trolley-mission.de for further information, so the reader should not expect a complete analysis.

I believe Herr Lenz was attempting to provide a public service and raise awareness of the destruction wrought on German cities by Allied bombing forces during World War II. As American tourists seeing clean and modern cities in Germany, we can barely imagine these cities were razed to the ground within the lifetimes of our parents or grandparents. The Trolley missions took place at the end of World War II, intended to fly Army Air Corps personnel (especially ground crews) on an aerial tour of German cities so they could see firsthand the results of their work. According to the book, even they were shocked by what they saw and the effectiveness of the bombing campaign.

This Kindle ebook comprises black and white aerial photographs of several German cities from the missions. While the German book contains more photographs, reproductions of source documents, commentary and analysis and is 250 or so more pages, this ebook is a short summary/sample for English speakers. Herr Lenz is a private pilot, and he has also published several books of color aerial photographs of German land marks and locations. I would have been interested to see current photographs juxtaposing the historical pictures, highlighting the difference and amazing German recovery. The German book may become an important collection of source material of the Trolley missions. Although the English sample is incomplete and imperfect, I feel I can't complain when Herr Lenz has made it available for free.


Review by Edwin Charles Lowe
Spectacular Aerial Photographs of the Devastation of Germany
★★★★★
Within 24 hours following the surrender of Germany on May 6, 1945 the Allied Command ordered the Trolley Mission. The purpose of the mission was to show the thousands of ground personnel who supported the allied Air Forces that participated in the Strategic Bombing of the Third Reich the effects of their efforts. The photographs of the total devastation are both awe inspiring and awful. The effects of the two and one half year campaign speak to the horrific effects of war and for myself represent a true antiwar statement. I encourage everyone to read this short book.


Review by Modupe Hendricks
Okay, if you want to see the results of Allied bombing missions over Germany
★★★★★
The book the Trolley Mission 1945: Aerial Pictures and Photographs of Germany, 24 hours after World War II was not what I expected. I expected a book that was much more informative and that would explain the Trolley Mission. This book just shows a number of pictures of the result of Allied bombing in Germany. There is very little commentary. If you interested in seeing pictures demonstrating the result of Allied bombing of Germany this book is for you, otherwise don't bother.


Review by Atomopawn
A simple, but effective photobook of Europe after WWII
★★★★★
This is a very short, but powerful graphic sample of the effectiveness of allied bombing in World War Two. It primarily consists of aerial photographs with some textual explanation of their importance.


Review by What Matters
Visual history
★★★★★
Pictures convey the horror and utter destruction of warfare. We should never forget these lessons. The blunders that lead to WWI & spawned its successor war WWII should be mandatory education for all students and definitely for politicians.


Review by Cspoiled
Five Stars
★★★★★
Great read... Very interesting and I had no idea about any of this.


Review by James Quinn
A most interesting digest
★★★★★
A short but a very interesting digest, the Trolley Missions were a series of flights over Germany at the end of World War II. The pictures within this book are all private shots taken by those passengers - meaning they have never been seen before, and each shot has a short story attached to it, the facts and history of the (usually bombed) places. Very amateur but, perhaps because of this, still very interesting.


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