Operation Pointblank 1944: Defeating the Luftwaffe

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Osprey's examination of Operation Pointblank, which was the code name for the United States Army Air Force's attempt to destroy German fighter capability through the use of daylight strategic bombing in advance of the D-Day landings of World War II (1939-1945). Launched in 1943, the operation immediately met with severe problems, most notably the horrible attrition experienced by the US bomber forces. However, with the arrival of the P-51 Mustang, the United States was able to equip the fighters to fly on ...
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Overview

Osprey's examination of Operation Pointblank, which was the code name for the United States Army Air Force's attempt to destroy German fighter capability through the use of daylight strategic bombing in advance of the D-Day landings of World War II (1939-1945). Launched in 1943, the operation immediately met with severe problems, most notably the horrible attrition experienced by the US bomber forces. However, with the arrival of the P-51 Mustang, the United States was able to equip the fighters to fly on long-range-bomber escort missions and take the fight to the Luftwaffe in the skies over Germany. This book examines the entire operation from both the Allied and the German perspectives, covering all the main decisions and technological innovations made by both sides in this epic struggle.
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"Author Steven J. Zaloga brings us the story of Operation Pointblank with his usual learned style, featuring good detail, a clear presentation, and a great deal of graphics to support the text." - Frederick Boucher, Aeroscale
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849083850
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/19/2011
  • Series: Campaign Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,415,412
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in history from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over two decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think-tank. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 5

Chronology 8

The Strategic Setting 9

The Opposing Commanders 23

Luftwaffe

American commanders

The Opposing Forces 30

Luftwaffe

USAAF

Opposing Plans 51

USAAF plans

German plans

Operation Pointblank 58

Prelude to Operation Argument

Operation Argument

Confrontation: Berlin, March 1944

Beyond Operation Pointblank

Hitting the Achilles heel: the oil campaign, May 1944

The payoff: Operation Overlord and beyond

The Battlefield Today 90

Further Reading 92

US strategic bombing survey reports

US Air Force historical studies Books

Index 95

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