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Bomber Harris: Sir Arthur Harris' Despatches on War Operations 1942-1945

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Bomber Harris: Sir Arthur Harris' Despatches on War Operations 1942-1945 by John Grehan & Martin Mace

The bombing campaign conducted against Germany and German-occupied Europe in the Second World War was, and remains, one of the most controversial operations of the entire war. Much of Bomber Command's effort was what was defined as 'area' bombing, in which whole cities or districts were targeted. "The ultimate aim of an attack on a town area," Sir Arthur Harris wrote in one of his despatches, "is to break the morale of the population which occupies it ... namely, to produce (i) destruction and (ii) fear of death."

This strategy was so successful it almost brought Germany to the point of collapse until Churchill, worried about the devastation it was causing and the number of civilian deaths which resulted, ordered it to cease.

Harris' despatches explain in great detail the success of his methods which, if given full reign, may have brought the war to a speedier conclusion but would have meant even more German casualties. Such was the controversy surrounding Bomber Command's operations, Harris' despatches were not published by the government, even though the despatches of every other branch of the armed services, and all of their operations, were made public. 

The full text of Harris' despatches is reproduced here along with an explanation why these documents were withheld for so

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Pages: 414
Size: 219.6 MB
Publisher: Pen and Sword Aviation
Date published:   2014
ISBN: 9781473835016 (DRM-EPUB)
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