The Bomber War: The Allied Air Offensive Against Nazi Germany

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Were the men who planned and flew the Allied bombing missions over Nazi Germany war heroes or war criminals? Did they risk, and frequently give, their lives to rid the world of vile and murderous tyranny? Or were they mass murderers who wantonly destroyed innocent lives in a pointless attempt to undermine enemy morale?

In The Bomber War, acclaimed military historian Robin Neillands tackles this thorny issue head-on. Examining every detail of ...
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Overview

Were the men who planned and flew the Allied bombing missions over Nazi Germany war heroes or war criminals? Did they risk, and frequently give, their lives to rid the world of vile and murderous tyranny? Or were they mass murderers who wantonly destroyed innocent lives in a pointless attempt to undermine enemy morale?

In The Bomber War, acclaimed military historian Robin Neillands tackles this thorny issue head-on. Examining every detail of the campaign, Neillands explores both the "how" and the "why" of the allied air offensive. He reveals the strengths and the flaws in the British and American approaches to strategic bombing, and discloses underlying factors that influenced controversial policy decisions. Discussing the complex moral issues surrounding strategic bombing in the context of "total war," Neillands makes a strong case that not only was the bombing justified, but that failure to bomb would have been indefensible.

Personal accounts from Allied airmen recreate the grueling, often horrifying experiences of crews flying to the limits of endurance and beyond in the face of dense flack, fierce fighter attacks, and the kiss of death-being singled out by enemy searchlights. Complete with dozens of photos and line drawings The Bomber War may be one of the last WWII histories for which many veterans on both sides are still alive to tell future generations what their war was like.

Robin Neillands is a journalist, writer, and former Royal Marines Commando. He has written several acclaimed books on military history, including The Conquest of the Reich: D-Day to VE-Day, In the Combat Zone: Special Forces Since 1945, and Wellington and Napoleon: Clash of Arms. He lectures at the National Army Museum in London and is a member of the British Commission for Military History.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780760765302
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/15/2005
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations ix
Map xii
Introduction 1
1. The Advent of the Bomber, 1914-1939 9
2. Blitzkrieg and the Blitz, 1939-1941 34
3. The Scientific Air War, 1939-1942 60
4. The Aircrews, 1940-1943 79
5. Harris Takes Command, 1942 104
6. The Defences of Germany, 1939-1942 133
7. Enter the Mighty Eighth, 1942 154
8. Towards a Combined Offensive, August 1942-January 1943 182
9. Bombing Round the Clock, 1943 204
10. The Great Raids: The Dams to Ploesti, August 1943 229
11. The Great Raids: Schweinfurt-Regensburg to Peenemunde, 1943 248
12. The Pointblank Directive, June 1943 263
13. The Battle of Berlin and Big Week, November 1943-March 1944 281
14. Overture to Overlord, January-June 1944 302
15. The Destruction of Germany, September 1944-February 1945 323
16. Dresden, February 1945 351
17. The Road to Hiroshima, February-August 1945 367
18. Moral Issues and the Bomber War, 1999-2000 382
Notes 407
Bibliography 413
Acknowledgements 417
Index 425
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2007

    Not to shabby

    While perhaps not the greatest book it really wasn't as bad as the first gentleman made it out to be, additionally I would suggest that reviewers keep their reactionary political opinions to themselves. This book more or less gives a matter of fact telling of all the problems that the allied air offensive over Germany faced whether it was weather, navigation, German defensive measures, or various technological problems. I would suggest this book to anybody interested in this particular facet of World War II, particularly if they¿re interested in the actual mechanical process of how the bombing raids were carried out. At this point in time and in the context of total war the type of bombing carried out by bomber command was unfortunately a means to an end, that said if you want to spout off go to some political board.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2006

    Mediocre

    One chapter of John Keegan is worth about 20 books by any other British Military writer attempting to be objective regarding WWII. This book is no exception. The interviews with the airmen that were there is the only redeeming value of this book. The author propogates the Blitzkrieg myth, and the introduction is full of condescending Rumsfeld-esque 'you go to war with what you have' and he rationalizes the slaughter of non-combatants by claiming ethics has no place in war, probably like the suicide bomber/Jihadist does today.

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