Bloody Paralyser: The Giant Handley Page Bombers of the First World War

Author(s): Rob Langham 

ISBN: 9781781550809
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The gripping story of the giant Handley Page bombers of the First World War in the words of their crews.
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  • A forgotten aspect of the First World War: the Handley Page ‘Bloody Paralyser’ that took the fight to Germany

  • Forerunners of the Second World War Bomber Command before the Lancasters, Halifaxes, Stirlings and Wellingtons

  • Beautifully told in the words of those that flew in them

  • Contains a wealth of unpublished material and photographs documenting these mighty bombers

Bloody Paralyser: The Giant Handley Page Bombers of the First World War tells the story of the largest British bomber of the First World War and the men who flew them. In 1915, the biggest plane ever seen in Britain took flight for the first time, a twin-engine monster with a 100-foot wingspan, designed to be a ‘Bloody Paralyser’ to the Germans. Operating mainly at night, the Handley Page bombers attacked German and German-occupied towns and cities, disrupting the enemy’s industry and crippling its war effort. The men that flew in the ‘Bloody Paralysers’ were the forerunners of the crews of Bomber Command in the Second World War and now their story is told in their own words.


BOOK ISBN 9781781550809
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING hardback
PAGES 208 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 January 2016
ILLUSTRATIONS 39 black-and-white photographs

Rob Langham is a young First World War historian who has been writing magazine articles for numerous titles for several years. As well as conducting research on topics as varied as First World War railways to pubs bombed by Zeppelins, he also travels to sites related to the war both in the UK and abroad to get a feel for the events that happened there nearly a century before. Langham currently works in the aviation industry and has also appeared as an extra in several First World War related pieces including the 2008 Hovis advert and the film Private Peaceful (2012).