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Richard Overy ↠ 4 ReadThis was very detailed New Girl on the Job and well documented work yet was worded sos to be easy to read It gave Restaurant Weeks Are Murder a real perspective of the gigantic scope of the bombing effort put forth by the Allies in WWII The booksked the uestions Was the bombing effective nd did it meet its objectives Even though I would gree to some extent with the conclusions I would say they re negated by the fact that pproximately 291000 Americans died in the conflict Her Wounded Warrior and we didn t start the war The fact that only some 250000 German civilians dieds result of bombings is hardly drop compared to the 6 million Jews exterminated by the Germans or the 13 million Soviets who starved or were killed by Nazis The Germans started this war nd killed millions of innocent victims so it is immaterial how many of their civilians were killed in the fog of war The writer was correct is his belief that the bombing did not have the desired effect on stopping Germany however that is n indication of the lack of ccurate bombing methods nd euipment Notice how soon Japan surrendered when only two bombs of deadly One House Over (The Neighbors) accuracynd horrific method of destruction were used If bombs dropped on Germany had been ccurate Between You and Me (The Harrisons, and deadly it would certainly have made huge change in the German war effort Prior to the Second World War there was Cinderella and the Ghost (The Cursed Princes, a believe especiallymongst the ir forces of the various belligerents that bombing could determine the outcome of wars curtailing land campaigns The subtitle of this book is Allied Air War Over Europe 1940 1945 nd it focuses on the Western llies ttempts to test this hypothesis charting the bombing campaigns over Germany in particular its Axis partners nd occupied countries such s France nd the Netherlands from the perspective of the bombers nd those who were bombed To large degree it is cademic in its pproach setting out rather dry nd dispassionate ccount based on the historical rchive of documentary evidence presenting events t distance nd with memos nd statistics rather than personalities nd experiences Overy Killer Physique (Savannah Reid Mystery, argues that the bombing campaign not only did notchieve its ims but cost in lives nd material than it gained in strategic nd tactical dvances That is not to say that the bombing campaign had no effect it certainly led to much destruction lives lost disruption nd some influence on the distribution of resources but rather than collapsing morale it often reinforced resolve nd it had little impact on industrial production until near the war s end While the book provides Amish Homecoming a broad overview of the politicsnd practice of bombing from both Allied Enticing the Earl and Axis perspective it gives little sense of the key people involved whore rather one dimensional or the experiences of those undertaking bombing raids or being bombed Moreover it provides very little coverage of the Eastern front nd that of the third major llied party Russia I was expecting the book to circle round to Jewish German Revolution a wider systemicnalysis of the effects nd ethics of bombing t the conclusion but that didn t materialise Overall n interesting read concerning the politics nd effects of bombing campaign Won via Goodreads First Reads Giveaway Bombers nd Bombed is Money Makin Mamas Collection a very interesting lookt both ends of the Allied bombing campaign in Europe 1940 45 I Bound To Love Her (Zebra Debut) am fan of new or little told stories from WWII Hard to Handle (Fortis and this easy read is near the top The book is very detailed maybe little too detailed for the beginner history buff You will not be disappointed with BB First Comes Desire (Pirates Prize and I enjoyed this book greatly On side note s I read this book bulldozer driver in Germany was killed on What Lies Between Lovers a construction site byn unexploded llied bomb from WWII on 1 3 2014 pparently this is not uncommon The title Rebel Yell (Savage Texas, and the monumental size of this book somehow suggest definitive comprehensive history of the strategic bombing campaigns during WWII But that is A Matter of Some Scandal an enormously complex subject with substantial body of literature lready discussing it Among these Overy s book is worthy contribution but not exceptional It is thorough study of the politics nd strategy of the bloody bombing campaigns of WWII Worth The Trade (More Than A Game, as drynd unemotional s such study could be But most of this material is not new The greatest merit of The Bombing War is its discussion of Civil Defense that is the various measures the involved states took before nd during the war to protect their population infrastructure nd industry from the conseuences of the enemy bombs This is grim subject that I have not seen elsewhere described in such detail nd it is Overy s major contribution to the topic It gives us The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime a different view of the bombing campaignss seen from the perspective of the bombed It leads Overy to valuable insight If the proponents of the bombing of enemy morale for which to read cities nd civilians expected the bombed out people to rise gainst their governments or t least call for The Closest Possible Union an end to the war they oftenchieved the opposite Deprived of their homes nd possessions suffering the death of friends nd relatives the bombed civilians of WWII became only dependent on the state for support nd survival In the heavily bombed cities of Germany the Nazi party sought to become the major provider of ssistance to the needy Lost Princess and thus its powernd grip on the German people were strengthened rather than weakened by enemy bombing Similar patterns emerged elsewhere with Italy perhaps being the one significant exceptionIt is Postcards from Last Summer a lesson that is still validnd important today for those who seek to enforce regime change by bombing or by less bloody meansThis is Hot Shot a valuable contribution to the study ofir warfare during WWII It takes time to read but is informative The Industrial Revolution and worth the effort even if you think that youlready know Rock Bottom a lotbout this topic For those who still believe that the Allied bombing campaigns targeted military targets nd civilians suffered only s the result of collateral damage it will be n eye opener Let me start by pointing out that this review is for the American edition from Viking Press which pparently is missing several chapters mainly those concerning German use of bombers gainst Great Britain in 1940 41On with the review then The Bombers nd the Bombed is supposed to be ccording to the uthor the most detailed nalysis of use of erial bombing during World War 2 Its uniueness is based on the fact that it covers in great detail both the Allied Peace of Me and German side of the bombing campaigngainst Germany itself 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author claims hadn t been done Further the uthor lso covers theclaims hadn t been done before Further the My Soul Then Sings authorlso the campaign Wildwood against Italian peninsula which with the exception of the notorious decision to bomb monasteryt Monte Cassino is indeed barely ever discussed Final section of the book is dedicated to bombing operations gainst countries occupied by Germany here in well established Anglo saxon historian s tradition the focus lies suarely on the Western Europe with France getting the lion s share of llotted spaceWhile the uthor inserts throughout the book n occasional story or uote regarding the effects of the bombing operations on real people this book is not bout the personal experiences or human story of neither the bombers nor the bombed The focus is set suarely on study of politics decision processes statistics nd economics ssociated with Allied bombing operations between 1940 nd 1945 Raiding with Morgan and their impact on Germany sbility to conduct military operations As result this book is filled with statistics of bomb tonnage dropped in individual raids numbers of casualties effects on industry output transport capabilities morale nd work effectiveness of workers nd so on Remainder of the book is dedicated to n overview of political spects of the campaign military strategy decisions Lethal Licorice (Amish Candy Shop Mystery, and expectationsnd detailed but rather broad discussion Purses and Poison about thectual effects on population Rogue on the Rollaway afflicted by the bombings All this ist least on the surface discussed in cold factual manner The factual material provided by the uthor in this volume is of bsolute top uality nd detail The perhaps less wished for side effect of this meticulousness combined with the cademic writing style of the uthor is that this will be very hard book to bsorb for casual reader Those expecting narrative of the kind provided by for example Beevor or Atkinson will be sorely disappointed On the other hand for those who re initiated the content of this book is veritable treasure trove of valuable information presented in format that is indeed uite uniue nd thought provoking Further the sections dedicated to the ctions directed gainst Italy nd countries occupied by Germany do indeed provide new nd valuable informationI must however remark An mazing book This exhaustive nd exhausting history solely focusing on the bombing war in Europe from its beginnings in 1939 through to 1945 nd "beyond is must have Haunted House Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery, and read fornyone interested in the history " is Sweet Southern Hearts (A Willow Hill Novel Book 3) a must havend read for nyone interested in the history World War II The uthor focuses on the three major ir forces in the war the Germans British nd Americans nd peels way Daddy's Girl Series: A Taboo Erotic Collection all of the misconceptions forgotten historynd heroics that have over the decades built up over the ctual facts of the ultimate uselessness that the bombing by ll of combatants provided to the outcome of the war Highly recommendedThe Bombing War Europe 193. The ultimate history of the Allied bombing campaigns in World War II Technology shapes the nature of ll wars nd the Second World War hinged on most unpredictable weapon the bomb Day nd night Britain Dark Tides (Dark Tides and the United States unleashed massive fleets of bombers to killnd terrorize occupied Europe destroying its cities The grisly conseuences call into uestion how “moral?. 9 1945 is the British edition Weathering the Storm avoid the American edition titled The Bombersnd the Bombed It delivers what it promises bombing throughout Europe A good two thirds is still devoted to the Blitz over England Germany Italy benefits most of Overy s pan European Wrong for Me (Motor City Royals, ambition while Western Europe or less getsttention in descending order of damage The section on Eastern Europe felt too short I m not yet ualified to judge the strategical bombing of the Soviet Union in the context of Barbarossa It s supposedly seldom separated from the tactical ir war in the East The conclusion Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music and epilogue formn excellent synopsis of the book s main themes but they re shining through the facts throughout so that the reader has good sense of structure The popular image of non stop swarms of untouchable irplanes soaring menacingly over burning cities is thoroughly debunked It never left the realm of 1930 s SF or war games Bombers were envisioned to wreck utter n instant devastation on Downright Dead anlmost nuclear scale nd not seldom through gas or biological gents Society s morale was expected to plummet s fast s its Left Fur Dead architecture helpless in the face of bomber that lways got through Without this lengthy exposition it is impossible to grasp the mentality of decision making throughout 1940 1945 The existing bomber technology was simply incapable of delivering results in ccordance with pre war expectations The impact on the enemy war economy was limited especially once dispersal programs gave the ttacker myriad of targets to choose from The chief benefit was forcing the other side to invest in massive AA defense manned by Death by Tea a mass of hands sorely missed in factories ort the front In relation to this the necessary Loyalty and Lies (Chastity Falls, air supremacy of the bomber fleet in enemyirspace was very hard to ssert without n expansion of the fighter By Way Of A Wager arm resulting in large scale erial duel that was not foreseen in the interbellum Aditionally the range of fighter escorts virtually determined the range of the bomber offensive The progress made in ircraft construction on this point is perhaps the best measurement of how the psychological impact of bombing spread until it ffected entire countries Finally the unity of the people was strengthened rather than weakened in the face of erial ttack since the current powers that be were the main source of rescue nd When Kingdom Comes assistance Ironically pre war fears had stimulated initiatives of nationwide civil defense Britain comes off bestmong the democracies while there was direct correlation mong the dictatorships between the degree of totalitarian mobilization The Wayward Bride (Besotted Scots, and preparedness This is best illustrated by lookingt the sturdiness of the public ndor private bomb shelters nd their effect on morale It scales down the story to the human level better than casualty statistics can Plus both the UK Such a Dance and the USA spent half the war building up their bomber force It isn rm that demands lot of industrial resources uses spacious infrastructure reuires lot of maintenance manpower No war in history has enough to go round The imminent invasion in Normandy over threatened to direct the whole ir force to tactical support In the end it helped to blur the distinction between the two levels It lso obscured t the time n important fact Stalin s much desired Second Front had been in existence since 1942 thanks to the bombers that vided for the strength of the Eastern Front Inaccuracy continued to plague La bte du marais allir forces until the end of the war in spite of considerable technological Laos: Keystone Of Indochina advancement in the field of night radar No matter how strict thessigning of targets of proven military value collatoral damage in civilian residential How Foreign Policy Decisions Are Made In The Third World areas was the inevitable conseuence In way the decimation of the enemy labour force was counted s compensation but the population was never Geeking Out on 11C an official prime target of bombing for neither side The Allies did step up the numbers by perfecting the mix of high explosive incendiary to create firestorms in German cities whose medieval centers were notoriously flammable One of the neat details in the book is the studies undertaken bymongst others the emigrated founder of the Bauhaus movement to determine which ordnance combination would work best on Germany Et ainsi de suite and Italy respectivelyIn weird way reality vindicated the critics of Douhet his prophesized collapse of national spirit only came true with Italians who were prone to crack easily While the British Blitz spirit is exaggerated in the mythology of WWII Italian morale did plummet faster In their defense bombing on the peninsula didn t get heavy until The Shoshoni Cookbook after the landingst Anzio the overthrow of Mussolini By then the German occupation with its harsh reprisals had them caught between Historias sobre los Fondos Bahá'ís a rocknd Reasoning with the Infinite: From the Closed World to the Mathematical Universe a hard place The story of bombing by Italy is interesting in what if way The Italian Air Force s experience in smaller wars such Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It as Spainnd Abyssinia had lready shown the optimism of Il dominio dell ria to be ill grounded The country s small industrial base prohibited n ppropriate evolution in ircraft design The s small industrial base prohibited n ppropriate evolution in ircraft design The but inadeuate bombing of Malta nd the irborne ssault on Crete might have been replaced with the invasion of the former nd the cutting of Allied supply lines in the Mediterranean with severe conseuences for the North African front A
similar possibility "Surfaced During The Blitz On Britain Where The Few In " during the Blitz on Britain where the Few in met the Many in fairly comfortable numbers ndpossibility surfaced during the Blitz on Britain where the Few in ctuality met the Many in fairly comfortable numbers nd in Hurricane than Mr Darcy's Cottage of Earthly Delights: Shades of Pride and Prejudice a Spitfire There wasn ctive discussion of the use of both fighters nd bombers in either the counteroffensive or s part of the fight to keep the island s supply lines open in the Battle of the Atlantic This subject takes me back to the Atlantic charter nd could ve used depth The rest of the Blitz story holds few surprises except the preparedness of the British government to use gas in retaliation if necessary This would resurface with the 15th US Air Force in Italy nd remains rather curious restraint in war where retaliation often served s The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank an excuse for escalation The Germans knew the Battle of Britain was lost cause even before it officially began but kept it up to lull the USSR After 1941 their side of the story plays second fiddle to the Allies but The Myth of Genesis and Exodus and the Exclusion of Their African Origins as the victims their development of countermeasures even to the infamous Window metal strips invites comparison with the situation on the British homeland It is never clearly made We do get good capsules of famous raids Hamburg Dresden Sweinfurt nd Berlin which got raided less than you d think There is sometimes n overemphasis on the inter Allied disputes over designated targets especially towards the end where the liberated countries of Western Europe pass the review The pendulum had irrevocably swung in favour of indiscriminate bombing by late 1942 no matter how vehemently Resistance movements nd governments in exile lamented It is lmost impossible to pose moral verdict on the strategic bombing campaign over Europe nd Overy thankfully Design Works: How to Tackle Your Toughest Innovation Challenges Through Business Design arguments rather than judges Personally I tend to side with Arthur Harris because war has momentum of its own Every time I walk past the statue honouring the ircrews of Bomber Command in Green Park I taste something unpleasant in my mouthI can imagine decent German feeling much the same if Berlin had major monument to the Eastern Front war dead of the WehrmachtYes both sets of men were courageous nd died for the sins of their leaders but both sets of men were complicit in ppalling trocities under orders that specifically targeted civiliansThis remarkable well evidenced nd well written book is bout the use of bombing nd its effects in Europe during the Second World War t least that is its primary purpose It is in fact book bout evilHalf million Europeans were murdered from the ir either indirectly s part of the prosecution of war or directly s deliberate strategy of rea or political bombing by Loyalty and Lies (Chastity Falls, air powerdvocatesThe book is dense in places Overy does not put statistics into foot notes but makes sure you have them to hand when you read of this raid or that campaign whether deaths or tonnage of bombsHe does not go into too much detail of effects just enough for us to be clear what bombing involves because his interests nd ours re the policies that led to these horrorsThis is one of those books where the complexity of issues reuires that we do not try n easy summary Overy is fair minded He seeks to understand nd not condemn There is no emotion hereThe final conclusions Jeep. Sur les traces de la lgende are measurednd pointed He lso provides useful coda that suggested that nothing was fundamentally learned from the experienceHe rightly points out that the The Abbeyville Way area bombing of Bomber Harris who must be the very epitome of the banality of evil if you have soul was of its time nd could not be repeatedHe then stops ny sigh of relief Stations of the Lost: The Treatment of Skid Row Alcoholics at this point by pointing out that these maniacs my opinion not his did not need to repeat it because they soon had nuclear weaponry We have been lucky so far Half million dead over five years could now become 80million Russians in few hours The strategy of total war would dictate first strike in the forlorn hope of limiting the effect t homeOne should continue to think on this Treasure Diver (Choose Your Own Adventure, as bunch of war loons try to convert ?? A Shot at Love a war the Allies fought The Bombersnd the Bombed radically overhauls our understanding of World War II It pairs the story of the civilian front line in the Allied Old Records Never Die: One Man's Quest for His Vinyl and His Past air warlongside the political context that shaped their strategic bombing campaigns examining the responses to bombing nd being bombed with renewed clarity The first book to examine seriously not only the. ,
Rises in the Middle East or over local self determination in the Ukraine into confrontations with well rmed nuclear powersThe point is that the Dead of Night area strategy was not general one The Voyage Unplanned amongst the combatants but specifically Anglo American indeed British one based on the thinking of The Dwelling an Italian proto fascist DouhetThe irony of this is not lost on Overy who points out that Allied bombing of Italians while their Government wasn lly cost lives than the BlitzOne gets shock to the system when one discovers just how evil the British s war state had become in what was clearly n existential struggle of constant escalation with no uarter givenLet us start by noting something uncomfortable Although ir power dvocates promoted independent bombing strategies the general view in the 1930s was that civilian bombing was horrorNeither the Soviets nor the Americans dopted civilian bombing s Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films a policy directivend surprise it was Hitler who ttempted to outlaw it nd chemical nd gas weapons t the beginning of the conflictOf course this does not gainsay Hitler s villainy Easy against first the Jewsnd the mentally disabled Morrissey y los atormentados and thennything that got in his way of civilian nature in the East or in terms of reprisalsBut facts re facts And probably because he still had Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe a residual notion that the West Europeans were basically civilised people Hitler seems to have thought it uncivilised to bomb people in warThere is Interview with the Vampire as well multiple room for misunderstandings sometimes wilful in international relations with deeply unpleasant political warfare operatives muddying the trutht every opportunityOvery somewhat embarrassingly places Guernica Warsaw Emma of Aurora (Change and Cherish Historical and Rotterdam in their military contextnd draws the critical line between what we call collateral damage nd deliberate terrorThis is central because we need to understand that the British not only had strategy of terror the only nation to do so but with the Americans banked up gas bombs in Italy ready to use in the last daysBiological weapons may have been in their infancy but it seems from Overy s coda that the next total war contemplated by the The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table air power loons includeddvocacy of bacteriological warfare to retain ssetsSo what is going on here Certainly Churchill was troubled by the strategy of terror though unafraid to use ny resource to meet political ends As we will note we can still see his pointSimilarly not only the Germans nd the Soviets but lso the Americans may have been ruthless though happily held to the notion of tactical use of Ravished by a Duke air power where civilians were unfortunate collateral damageThe secret of evil seems to lie in its true source the corporate mentality The RAF was new Damn Delicious Meal Prep arm of state forcend competed for budgets nd resources It positioned itself s the futureIts chief Bomber Harris somewhere ceased to be human being nd became the pure will of his force He had done Deep Lane: Poems a common thing lost himself in the tasknd ceased to be than the taskEdgerton has written persuasively that last century Komisario Nuusku ja makkaratehtaan arvoitus air power wasssociated with the technological right nd he has pointed out the ideology underpinning Liberal MilitarismOvery does not go down this route but we should remind ourselves that the driver for techno war was the protection of one s own people by mustering massive power targeted t the population of the other This reversion to Mesopotamian ttitude to the cities of your enemy Our Necessary Shadow: The Nature and Meaning of Psychiatry also held sub text of fear that democracy ctually the hold of the liberal elite could not survive nother general call upThe solution tanks on the front The Online Diary of a Masochistic Submissive and planes in the sky neatly converged with the institutionalspirations of the RAF to n eual or dominant role in war strategySince fighters nd fighter bombers by definition were Industry and Empire: The Birth of the Industrial Revolution always going to bencillary to rmies fighting blow by blow cross country nd naval forces defending trade routes this meant bombingThe justification of bombing however was not easy Aiming was poor ir crew losses were high nd the euipment was very expensive To be than ncillary reuired result What these callous men offered was one or both of two possibilities one taken up reasonably by the Americans nd the other fanatically by Bomber HarrisThe first was to claim that bombing raids directed My Lady Viper ateroengine works transportation Sunflower and oil facilitiesnd so on could degrade the economy of the other side so that his war capacity would failNaturally given the weakness of bomb iming euipment nd the constant pressure on Periyar: A Political Biography of E.V. Ramasamy air crews of fear this meant serious collateral damage to the civilian populationNeedless to say this is what happened not only in the Blitz which waslways military in purpose in terms of economic warfare but lso in many of the major raids on Germany nd Doughnuts: Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home all those inllied statesOvery plausibly demonstrates that this sort of irpower was far less effective than the bombers claimed but he nd we can give the men of the time the
Of The Doubt HereThethe doubt hereThe bombers these cases seem to have killed lot of people including llied citizens to the increasing frustration of the resistance but there was t least theoretical case for ctionIt could be reasonable in n escalating existential crisis to ccept this massive collateral damage
"If It Brought The Hell "it brought the hell faster end this is the dark justification of course for HiroshimaThis sort of bombing is just just on the right side of morality for most people we say gain that which reasonably might be considered to be the lesser evil in n existential struggleStrategic Commit!: Unlock Your Full Potential and Learn to Lead Yourself area bombing of civilians to inspire terror in the dubiousnd unevidenced belief that this might cause panic nd bring down regime is Announcing Trouble another kettle of fish howeverTherere cases where regimes were brought down by terror bombing Italy seems to be n example but nearly ll countries The Book of Revelation: appear to havedapted The Sound of Music Story: How A Beguiling Young Novice, A Handsome Austrian Captain, and Ten Singing von Trapp Children Inspired the Most Beloved Film of All Time and even seem to have seen the regime strengthenedThe fact of bombingnd disruption exposed weak Edward Keating: Main Street: The Lost Dream of Route 66 and poor regimes like Mussolini s but it enabled narrative of resistance nd politically led popular organisation to emerge elsewhereJust s general tactical sset bombing oddly tended to increase production through reorganisation substitution Cold Blood and determination sorea bombing tended to strengthen political legitimacyIn the first case it might be very reasonable for strategists not to have understood that this would be the case but in the second we Calibre (Inspector Brant, are faced by two new factorsThe Blitz itself should have provided sufficient evidence that regimes strengthened on existential threat while what we have here is something different the deliberate targeting of workersAh I seem to have slipped into the unforgivable here the values driven business of morality The point is that Bomber Harris was no different from Himmler in this the destruction of persons deliberately because of their nature in this cases German workers in Himmler s s JewsThe rgument that the Jews were innocent nd the German workers were guilty is specious To Nazis the Jews were s guilty s hell s origins of the war yes The Dirty Game: Uncovering the Scandal at FIFA absurd but believed culturallyGerman workers many of whom voted social democratically in the 1932nd previous elections nd who were led no less than workers nywhere by malign elites were suffering here from collective punishmentThe deliberate firestorming of Hamburg nd other cities was war crime that the Allies knew to be so when they decided not to prosecute the Nazis April Blood: Florence and the Plot Against the Medici at Nuremburg for their bombingtrocitiesThe most notorious case Dresden ironically probably falls into the milder category of tactical warfare bombing in support of the Soviet push to the East Overy is good No Life But This a The version of the book that I read was the original version published by Allen Lane Penguins The Bombing War Europe 1939 1945 From what I understand the US version published by Viking s The Bombers nd the Bombed Allied Air War Over Europe 1940 1945 s indicated by the title does not include the original version s ccount of the German bombing campaigns This is The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution a grave weakness in itsbsence reader of the lesser book may not fully ppreciate the Allies political nd military leadership failures s the Allied bombing campaigns developedIt took me Blind Watchmaker a very long time to read this book It is well written book but the subject matter is grim I started to read this book in September 2014 but I could not force myself to read much of it until making concerted effort this week which was not coincidently the 70th nniversary of the Hiroshima nd Nagasaki bombings nd shortly fter the 70th nniversary of the Dresden bombings Feb 1945 Coincidentally it was the same week Cannibal Sector 1: The Kingdom of Death in the World of Progress as the passing of the last Dambusters pilot Les MunroThose eventsre significant to this book Only with the passing of time Chanakya: the Master of Statecraft and of the participants in the struggle of WW2 was it possible to producend publish Escape Clause (Virgil Flowers, an objective history of the bombing war in Europe 1939 1945 I believe that this book is that objective historynd that there re great lessons to be re learned from it The uality of scholarship nd nalysis is excellent but you should be dvised you have to plow through mountains of statistics that belonged in n ppendix Also needed major editing the paragraphs in many cases Transcend are intolerably lengthy sometimes in excess of page Resistance Is Futile!: How the Trump-Hating Left Lost Its Collective Mind and tend to lose the threadnd force of the explanation. Well known ttacks on Dresden nd Hamburg but Expurgo also the significance of the firebombing on other fronts including Italy where the crisis was far severe thannything experienced in Germany this is Richard Overy’s finest work yet It is Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel a rich reminder of the terrible military technologicalnd ethical issues that relentlessly drove ll the war’s participants into n byss.