The Strategic Bombing of Germany, 1940-1945

Hardcover | July 1, 1992

byAlan J. Levine

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This book is the only full-scale account of the strategic air offensive against Germany published in the last twenty years, and is the only one that treats the British and the Americans with parity. Much of what Levine writes about British operations will be unfamiliar to American readers. He has stressed the importance of winning air superiority and the role of escort fighters in strategic bombing, and has given more attention to the German side than most writers on air warfare have. Levine gets past a simple account of "what we did to them" and describes the target systems and German countermeasures in detail, providing exact yet dramatic accounts of the great bomber operations--the Ruhr dams, Ploesti, and Regensburg and Schweinfurt. The book is broad-guaged, touching many matters, from the development of bombing doctrine before the war to the technical development of the Luftwaffe and the RAF, jets and V-weapons, to the role of the heavy bombers in supporting land and sea operations. Levine stresses the impact of bombing on the war, and generally endorses the strategic air campaign as worthwhile and effective. But he concludes that many mistakes were made by the Allies--both the British and the Americans--in tactics, the development of equipment, and in the selection of targets. Levine sees strategic bombing as a powerful tool that was often misused, particularly when the doctrine of "area bombing" flourished. Scholars, students, and "buffs" interested in World War II and/or the history of aviation will find this study of great interest.

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This book is the only full-scale account of the strategic air offensive against Germany published in the last twenty years, and is the only one that treats the British and the Americans with parity. Much of what Levine writes about British operations will be unfamiliar to American readers. He has stressed the importance of winning air ...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.38 × 6.38 × 0.92 inPublished:July 1, 1992Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275943194

ISBN - 13:9780275943196

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?Perhaps Levine's most valuable contribution is incorporating in a single book the doctrinal and technological aspects of the Allied bombing campaigns. The reviewer found The Strategic Bombing of Germany a difficult book to put down and recommends it to both the serious airpower student and the casual reader.??The Friday Review of Defense Literature