The Bombers and the Bombed

The Bombers and the Bombed

Allied Air War Over Europe 1940-1945

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Penguin Putnam
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.


Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
A history of the Allied bombing campaigns of World War II questions the morality of British and American attacks on occupied European cities while offering insight into the course of the civilian front line of the Allied air war as it was shaped by political strategies.

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Overy presents the first full narrative history of the bombing war as it was conducted by the Allied powers--Britain, the British Commonwealth, and the US--against targets across continental Europe, including the response of the societies that were bombed and the lessons learned from German practice in the Blitz on Britain. The scholarly text is based on extensive research of areas where there is little available in the existing literature, and on Overy's revisiting established narratives to see whether the archive record truly supports them. As compared to other conventional histories of bombing, it is unique in three ways--it covers the whole of Europe; it considers bombing as only one part of a broad strategic picture, and a much smaller part than air force leaders liked to think; and it looks at bombing from both the perspective of the bombers and those being bombed, both enemy peoples and those waiting for their liberation from German rule. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: New York :, Viking,, 2013.
ISBN: 9780670025152
0670025151
Characteristics: xxvii, 562 pp : illustrated

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