Bomber Harris: His Life and Times: The Biography of Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Arthur Harris, Wartime Chief of Bomber Command

Bomber Harris: His Life and Times: The Biography of Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Arthur Harris, Wartime Chief of Bomber Command

by Henry Probert

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Overview

This is the definitive biography of one of the most controversial figures of the Second World War.

Sir Arthur Harris remains the target of criticism and vilification by many, while others believe that the contribution he and his men made to the Allied victory is grossly undervalued. Harris has been condemned, in particular, for his Area Bombing tactics which saw civilians and their homes become legitimate targets along with industrial and military installations. This is explored by the author and placed fully within its context, and just as importantly, within the instructions he received from Churchill’s administration.

Henry Probert’s critical but highly sympathetic account draws on wide-ranging research and, for the first time, all of Harris’ own papers, to give an outstanding insight into a man who combined leadership, professionalism and decisiveness with kindness, humor and generosity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848329652
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 08/05/2016
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Air Commodore Henry Probert was educated at Cheadle Hume School and Sidney College, Cambridge, where he read history. He served for thirty years in the RAF Educational Branch, becoming its director and spent eleven years as Head of the Air Historical Branch. He is one of the founders of the RAF Historical Society. ju

Table of Contents

Glossary 8

Foreword 10

Preface to this Edition 12

Preface 14

Acknowledgements 17

Chapter 1 Roots 19

Chapter 2 Fortunes of war 33

Chapter 3 Carving a career 45

Chapter 4 Preparing for the inevitable 66

Chapter 5 Back to business 86

Chapter 6 Action behind the scenes 109

Chapter 7 The year of experiment 126

Chapter 8 Headquarters and home 150

Chapter 9 The public image 183

Chapter 10 The leader and his men 199

Chapter 11 Tools and techniques 219

Chapter 12 Comrades m arms 239

Chapter 13 From the Ruhr to Berlin 252

Chapter 14 Working for Eisenhower 289

Chapter 15 Finishing the Job 305

Chapter 16 Assessment 328

Chapter 17 Enough is enough 342

Chapter 18 Safmarine 365

Chapter 19 Back to base 374

Chapter 20 The Ferry House 387

Chapter 21 The old lags 399

Postscript 416

Appendix RFC and RAF promotions and appointments, and medals and decorations 419

Bibliography 421

Index 425

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