Military history

The Bombers and the Bombed: Allied Air War Over Europe 1940-1945

The Bombers and the Bombed: Allied Air War Over Europe 1940-1945

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.

Preface

Prologue: Bombing Bulgaria

Chapter 1. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Bomber Command, 1939–42

Chapter 2. The Casablanca Offensive: The Allies over Germany, 1943–44

Chapter 3. The “Battle of Germany,” 1944–45

Chapter 4. The Logic of Total War: German Society Under the Bombs

Chapter 5. Italy: The War of Bombs and Words

Chapter 6. Bombing Friends, Bombing Enemies: Germany’s New Order

Epilogue: Lessons Learned and Not Learned: Bombing into the Postwar World

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