The Pointblank Directive: Three Generals and the Untold Story of the Daring Plan that Saved D-Day

The Pointblank Directive: Three Generals and the Untold Story of the Daring Plan that Saved D-Day

by L. Douglas Keeney

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The Pointblank Directive: Three Generals and the Untold Story of the Daring Plan that Saved D-Day by L. Douglas Keeney

Where was the Luftwaffe on D-Day? Following decades of debate, 2010 saw a formerly classified history restored and in it was a new set of answers. Pointblank is the result of extensive new research that creates a richly textured portrait of perhaps the last untold story of D-Day: three uniquely talented men and why the German Air Force was unable to mount an effective combat against the invasion forces. Following a year of unremarkable bombing against German aircraft industries, General Henry H. "Hap†? Arnold, commander of the U.S. Army Air Forces, placed his lifelong friend General Carl A. "Tooey†? Spaatz in command of the strategic bombing forces in Europe, and his protégé, General James "Jimmy†? Doolittle, command of the Eighth Air Force in England. For these fellow aviation strategists, he had one set of orders – sweep the skies clean of the Luftwaffe by June 1944. Spaatz and Doolittle couldn't do that but they could clear the skies sufficiently to gain air superiority over the D-Day beaches. The plan was called Pointblank.

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ISBN-13: 9781782008958
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 12/18/2012
Series: General Military
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 690,015
File size: 28 MB
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About the Author

L. Douglas Keeney has been writing military non-fiction for 16 years and is a well-known researcher among archivists where formerly classified documents repose. His work has been reviewed by Newsweek, salon.com, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. Keeney has appeared on The Discovery Channel, CBS, The Learning Channel, and The Military Channel (which he co-founded), and he has been interviewed by scores of radio stations and syndicates. He is presently the on-air host for On Target. Previously, Keeney worked for 15 years in marketing and advertising in Los Angeles and New York with Young & Rubicam and Ogilvy & Mather, and internationally with a subsidiary of British-American Tobacco. He was nominated to the Institute for Advanced Advertising Studies (NYC) and was nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year by both the Graduate School of Business at the University of Southern California. Keeney has a BA in Economics from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.

Table of Contents

Foreword Stephen Frater 9

Introduction 13

Preface: 1943 19

Chapter 1 Airmen 21

Chapter 2 Autumn 1943 33

Chapter 3 Pointblank 55

Chapter 4 Weather 67

Chapter 5 Spaatz 73

Chapter 6 Anywhere 83

Chapter 7 The Clock Ticks 87

Chapter 8 Formation 93

Chapter 9 Exhaustion 97

Chapter 10 Locusts 105

Chapter 11 Flak Boys 113

Chapter 12 Berlin 119

Chapter 13 April 127

Chapter 14 Invasion 137

Chapter 15 Secret Weapons 141

Chapter 16 War Plan 148

Chapter 17 Combat 155

Chapter 18 Dicing with the Devil 163

Chapter 19 May 1944 171

Chapter 20 Deception 181

Chapter 21 June 1944 187

Chapter 22 D-Day 195

Chapter 23 D+1 225

Bibliography 237

Notes 243

Index 264

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