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The Bombers and the Bombed: Allied Air War Over Europe 1940-1945 - Richard Overy
The Bombers and the Bombed: Allied Air War Over Europe 1940-1945
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The ultimate history of the Allied bombing campaigns in World War II Technology shapes the nature of all wars, and the Second World War hinged on a most unpredictable weapon: the bomb. Day and night, Britain and the United States unleashed massive fleets of bombers to kill and terrorize... show more
The ultimate history of the Allied bombing campaigns in World War II Technology shapes the nature of all wars, and the Second World War hinged on a most unpredictable weapon: the bomb. Day and night, Britain and the United States unleashed massive fleets of bombers to kill and terrorize occupied Europe, destroying its cities. The grisly consequences call into question how “moral” a war the Allies fought. The Bombers and the Bombed radically overhauls our understanding of World War II. It pairs the story of the civilian front line in the Allied air war alongside the political context that shaped their strategic bombing campaigns, examining the responses to bombing and being bombed with renewed clarity. The first book to examine seriously not only the well-known attacks on Dresden and Hamburg but also the significance of the firebombing on other fronts, including Italy, where the crisis was far more severe than anything experienced in Germany, this is Richard Overy’s finest work yet. It is a rich reminder of the terrible military, technological, and ethical issues that relentlessly drove all the war’s participants into an abyss.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780670025152 (0670025151)
ASIN: 670025151
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pages no: 592
Edition language: English
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4.0 The Bombing War: Europe 1939-1945
Heavy on facts this book takes you 'behind the scenes'. A very valid supplement to the more 'pure' air power accounts.
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katiewilkins186 rated it
0.0 The Bombers and the Bombed: Allied Air War Over Europe 1940-1945
I think objectively this book is very well done. The author includes a lot of very detailed statistics but mixes them in with fun facts, first-hand anecdotes, and fascinating stories. However, for me, this was just more detail than I needed on the topic. I felt the story got bogged down by details o...
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