Talk:Rotterdam Blitz

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I'm very concerned with the reliability of this article on the author "E. R. Hooton". I can barely find any of his books, one of his books is registered as written by a "Teddy Hooton", there is no mention anywhere about his qualifications, and his claims in this article are very dubious. He has, among others things, claimed that only 30,000 people became homeless. The general consensus is, as far as I know, around 85,000. Also odd are the claims that the Dutch had so many fighter aircraft. Were they all effortlessly destroyed? Where is the battle? This needs to be investigated. Bataaf van Oranje (talk) 19:45, 8 July 2015 (UTC)

The article E. R. Hooton (which you provide above) has a list of published books. I have not looked at all of them, but I looked in the world cat at every other book in the last and they appear to exist. The publishers of the two volumes here appear to be reliable publishers: Arms & Armour Press and Ian Allan Publishing. That at least two of his publications were for Jane's Information Group suggests that he either an academic specialising in weapon systems or was a recently retired armed forces annalist -- it would be unheard of a Jane's publication being authored by an amateur. One of his co-authored papers is also cited by Lawrence Freedman (see here) and he appears to be a cited author in Google Scholar. I have found one interview with him:

"E.R. (Ted) Hooton has been a journalist for 40 years and a defence journalist for about 25 years. He has written numerous articles on military history and three highly regarded books on the history of the Luftwaffe – ‘The Luftwaffe – A Study in Air Power 1933-1945’ (2010) ‘Phoenix Triumphant: The Rise and Rise of the Luftwaffe’ (1992) and ‘Eagle in Flames: The Fall of the Luftwaffe’ (1997) as well as contributing to several others. He has also written a detailed history of air operations over the Western Front, ‘War above the Trenches – Air Power and the Western Front Campaigns 1916-1918’ (2010). Tattered Flag Press recently discussed his latest book with him. ..." (Anonymous. "A five-minute interview with the author, E.R. Hooton". The Tattered Flag. ).

-- PBS (talk) 07:07, 10 July 2015 (UTC)

British change of strategy[edit]