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Summary Fire and Fury The Allied Bombing of Germany 1942 1945

Fire and Fury The Allied Bombing of Germany 1942 1945

As carried out against the expressed demands of the Allied military leadership Hundreds of thousands of people died needlessly Focusing on the crucial period from 1942 to 1945 and using a compelling narrative approach Fire and Fury tells the story of the American and British bombing campaign through the eyes of those involved military and civilian command in America Britain and Germany aircrew in the sky and civilians on the groundAcclaimed. War is hell This fact is graphically demonstrated by the bombing of Germany during the Second World War But as the author amply explains there is an important distinction between the Americans preference for precision bombing and the British indiscriminate area bombing which was really terror bombing Not only was the deliberate bombing and destruction of German cities and towns by the British barbaric and inhumane it was also INEFFECTIVE The fact is the precision bombing of oil and transportation and the destruction of the Luftwaffe the German Air Force was vital in the crippling of the Nazi war effort in 1944 1945 While the British terror bombing only callously destroyed 60 magnificent German cities and killed almost 600000 Germans

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National BestsellerAn enlightening and utterly convincing re examination of the allied aerial bombing campaign and of civilian German suffering during World War II–an essential addition to our understanding of world historyDuring the Second World War Allied air forces dropped nearly two million tons of bombs on Germany destroying some 60 cities killing than half a million German citizens and leaving 80000 pilots dead Much of the bombing w. An involuntary surfer on the Fire and Fury wave

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Historian Randall Hansen shows that the Commander in Chief of Bomber Command Arthur Harris was wedded to an outdated strategy whose success had never been proven; how area bombing not only failed to win the war it probably prolonged it; and that the US campaign which was driven by a particularly American fusion of optimism and morality played an important and largely unrecognized role in delivering Allied victory From the Hardcover edition. This is a thorough and careful history of the Allied bombing campaign against Germany and it doesn t stint on analysis There are two conclusions1 There was a very definite difference in intent between RAF s Bomber Command and the USAAF campaign Bomber Command preferred to kill civilians rather than bombing industrial targets and often passed up the opportunity to do serious damage to German war production in order to kill a few people Meanwhile the USAAF commanders were laser focused on German economic and war production targets and did very little deliberate area bombing 2 Bombing of economic targets was far the effective strategy besides being moral The text cites German documents to point out that had Bomber Command unbent enough to follow up successful American raids on industry the war would have been definitely shortened Instead Bomber Command actually prolonged the war by their campaign of frank terror bombingThe USAAF is almost single handedly responsible for the defeat of the German Air Force and that is due partly to their concentration on aircraft production related targets and partly to the deliberate strategy of drawing out German fighters in order to destroy themThe United States doesn t have clean hands even in the European theater much less in Japan where carpet bombing with incendiaries was the standard tactic In our own defense it should be noted that Japan built mostly with wood and paper which is resistant to serious damage by high explosive and the centers of industry were much diffuse than in Germany Further perhaps 10% of USAAF bombing missions in Europe were deliberate area bombing as opposed to inadvertent area bombing due to overcast or other poor targeting conditions But the conclusion of this book is clear the United States had the effective bombing strategy and the RAF s Bomber Command actively obstructed that strategy by their preference for terror over the destruction of industrial targets

  • Paperback
  • 368
  • Fire and Fury The Allied Bombing of Germany 1942 1945
  • Randall Hansen
  • English
  • 09 October 2017
  • 9780385664042

About the Author: Randall Hansen

Randall Hansen is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto and Canada Research in Global Migration



10 thoughts on “Fire and Fury The Allied Bombing of Germany 1942 1945

  1. says:

    An involuntary surfer on the Fire and Fury wave

  2. says:

    This is a really good and important book Every WWII reader knows that the US Bombed Nazi Europe by Day and the British Bomber Command bombed by Night But this book traces the development and history of the entire Allied bombing effort in Europe He details how the US proved that precision bombing is an effective tactic and

  3. says:

    Fire and Fury by Randall Hansen is an excellent well written historical inuiry into the differing strategies of British Bomber Command and the USAAF in the bombing of Germany World War II Very briefly the British bombing plan was to carpet bomb entire German cities into rubble causing as much destruction and death as possible The announced intention was to destroy the morale of the German peopleThe American Strategic

  4. says:

    Randall Hansen's book is an important contribution to discussions of military history and World War Two It is impossible to read it in my view and believe that Arthur Harris was not a war criminal though others may disagree However everyone who reads this can only conclude that the strategy of mass bombing of cities was an utter failure that probably prolonged the warFull review

  5. says:

    War is hell This fact is graphically demonstrated by the bombing of Germany during the Second World War But as the author amply explains there is an important distinction between the Americans' preference for precision bombing and the British indiscriminate area bombing which was really terror bombing Not only was the deliberate bo

  6. says:

    An interesting commentary on the British ni

  7. says:

    Not sure how to review this one the book was a uick and easy read with plenty of detail facts and eyewitness accounts of those who orchestrated the bombing campaign and those who survived being on the receiving end I think the frustrating thing for me are the two pivotal personalities responsible for bomber comma

  8. says:

    This is a thorough and careful history of the Allied bombing campaign against Germany and it doesn’t stint on analysis There are two conclusions1 There was a very definite difference in intent between RAF’s Bomber Command and the

  9. says:

    Audiobook This is the second book titled Fire and Fury that I read this year and this one is a better book than the other one Michael Wolff's tabloid style account of the early Trump White House This one focuses on the Allied bombing campaign against Nazi Germany during World War II It offers extensive detail of the peo

  10. says:

    This book presents the air war from three points of view The German world conuest British area bombing I think this was based on re

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