The Bomber War by Robin Neillands
The Allied Air Offensive Against Nazi Germany

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The Bomber War is the book about the brutal war in the skies during World War II and the dedication and heroism of the airmen who paid the ultimate price for victory. The bomber campaign against Germany is one of the most contentious of World War II. Was anything achieved by the deaths of thousands of German civilians – many of them women and children? Or were all means justified against Nazi Germany?

Acclaimed historian Robin Neillands examines every detail of the Allied campaign led by British Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris: the strengths and fundamental flaws, the technical difficulties and developments and, above all, the day-by-day, night-by-night endurance of the crews flying to the limit in discomfort and danger, facing flak and enemy fire. Personal experiences of British, American, Canadian, Australian & other Allied fliers are a key part in this account, along with those of German airmen & civilians.

Though The Bomber War discusses Guernica and the destruction of Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it concentrates on the European theater, on Germany’s air war against the Allies – over Warsaw, Rotterdam, London and Coventry – which led to the fierce Allied raids carried out against Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin and the Ruhr and – most notorious of all – the tremendous firestorm unleashed on Dresden in the final months of the war. Robin Neillands also examines the complex moral issues involved in the air war, and of the case made against "Bomber" Harris. This is an important and timely addition to the history of armed conflict; the age of free-fall bombs may have passed, but many veterans – on both sides – are still alive to state their case, and to tell a new generation what their war like.

 

About Robin Neillands

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Author of numerous books, including "D-Day: 1944" and Conquest of the Reich (also available from NYU Press), Robin Neillands served in 45 Commando, Royal Marines, and has extensive contacts with special force units the world over. He lives in England.
 
Published February 15, 2001 by John Murray Publishers Ltd. 458 pages
Genres: History, War, Travel, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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A cogent analysis of the morally complex technological, political, and strategic decisions made by the Allied air forces during the war against Nazi Germany.

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""A critique of strategic bombing as a whole, from its creation during the Great War until the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945,"" The Bomber War: The Allied Air Offensive Against Nazi Germany nevertheless focuses on the RAF and USAAF missions over German ...

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