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The Bombing War 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 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. Let me start by pointing out that this review is for the American edition from Viking Press, which apparently is missing several chapters, mainly those concerning German use of bombers against Great Britain in 1940 41.On with the review then The Bombers and the Bombed is supposed to be, according to the author, the most detailed analysis of use of aerial bombing during World War 2 Its uniqueness is based on the fact that it covers in great detail both the Allied and German side of the bombing campaign against Germany itself, something the author claims hadn t been done before Further, the author also covers the bombing campaign against Italian peninsula which, with the exception of the notorious decision to bomb monastery at Monte Cassino, is indeed barely ever discussed Final section of the book is dedicated to bombing operations against countries occupied by Germany here in well established Anglo saxon historian s tradition the focus lies squarely on the Western Europe with France getting the lion s share of allotted space.While the author inserts throughout the book an occasional story or quote regarding the effects of the bombing operations on real people, this book is not about the personal experiences or human story of neither the bombers nor the bombed The focus is set squarely on stu This was a very detailed and well documented work yet was worded so as to be easy to read It gave a real perspective of the gigantic scope of the bombing effort put forth by the Allies in WWII The book asked the questions, Was the bombing effective, and did it meet its objectives Even though I would agree to some extent with the conclusions, I would say they are negated by the fact that approximately 291,000 Americans died in the conflict and we didn t start the war The fact that only some 250,000 German civilians died as a result of bombings is hardly a drop compared to the 6 million Jews exterminated by the Germans or the 13 million Soviets who starved or were killed by Nazis The Germans started this war and killed millions of innocent victims so it is immaterial how many of their civilians were killed in the fog of war The writer was correct is his belief that the bombing did not have the desired effect on stopping Germany, however, th Every time I walk past the statue honouring the aircrews of Bomber Command in Green Park, I taste something unpleasant in my mouth.I can imagine a decent German feeling much the same if Berlin had a major monument to the Eastern Front war dead of the Wehrmacht.Yes, both sets of men were courageous and died for the sins of their leaders but both sets of men were complicit in appalling atrocities under orders that specifically targeted civilians.This remarkable, well evidenced and well written book is about the use of bombing and its effects in Europe during the Second World War at least that is its primary purpose It is, in fact, a book about evil.Half a million Europeans were murdered from the air either indirectly as part of the prosecution of war or directly as a deliberate strategy of area or political bombing by air power advocates.The book is dense in places Overy does not put statistics into foot notes but makes sure you have them to hand when you read of this raid or that campaign whether deaths or tonnage of bombs.He does not go into too much detail of effects just enough for us to be clear what bombing involves because his interests and ours are the policies that led to these horrors.This is one of those books where the complexity of issues requires that we do not try an easy summary Overy is fair minded He seeks to understand and not condemn There is no emotion here.The final conclusions are measured and poin The version of the book that I read was the original version, published by Allen Lane Penguin as The Bombing War Europe 1939 1945 From what I understand, the U.S version, published by Viking as The Bombers and the Bombed Allied Air War Over Europe 1940 1945 as indicated by the title does not include the original version s account of the German bombing campaigns This is a grave weakness in its absence, a reader of the lesser book may not fully appreciate the Allies political and military leadership failures as the Allied bombing campaigns developed.It took me a very long time to read this book It is a well written book, but the subject matter is grim I started to read this book in September 2014, but I could not force myself to read much of it until making a concerted effort this week, which was not coincidently the 7 Prior to the Second World War there was a believe, especially amongst the air forces of the various belligerents, that bombing could determine the outcome of wars, curtailing land campaigns The subtitle of this book is Allied Air War Over Europe, 1940 1945 and it focuses on the Western allies attempts to test this hypothesis, charting the bombing campaigns over Germany in particular, its Axis partners, and occupied countries such as France and the Netherlands from the perspective of the bombers and those who were bombed To a large degree it is academic in its approach, setting out a rather dry and dispassionate account based on the historical archive of documentary evidence, presenting events at a distance and with memos and statistics rather than personalities and experiences Overy argues that the bombing campaign not only did not achieve its aims, but cost in lives and material than it gained in strategic and tactical advances That is not to say that the bombing campaign had no effect it certainly led to much destruction, lives lost, disruption, and some influence on the distributi An amazing book This exhaustive, and exhausting, history solely focusing on the bombing war in Europe from its beginnings in 1939 through to 1945 and beyond is a must have and read for anyone interested in the history of World War II The author focuses on the three major air forces in the war, the Germans, British, and Americans, and peels away all of the mi Won via Goodreads First Reads Giveaway Bombers and Bombed is a very interesting look at both ends of the Allied bombing campaign in Europe 1940 45 I am a fan of new or little told stories from WWII and this easy read is near the top The book is very detailed, maybe a little too detailed for the beginner history buff You will not be disappointed with BB and I enjoyed this The title and the monumental size of this book somehow suggest a definitive, comprehensive history of the strategic bombing campaigns during WWII But that is an enormously complex subject with a substantial body of literature already discussing it Among these, Overy s book is a worthy contribution, but not exceptional It is a thorough study of the politics and strategy of the bloody bombing campaigns of WWII, as dry and unemotional as such a study could be But most of this material is not new The greatest merit of The Bombing War is its discussion of Civil Defense, that is, the various measures the involved states took, before and during the war, to protect their population, infrastructure and industry from the consequences of the enemy bombs This is a grim subject that I have not seen elsewhere described in such detail, and it is Overy s major contribution to the topic It gives us a different view of the bombing campaigns, as seen from the perspective of the bombed It leads Overy to a valuable insight If the proponents of the bombing of enemy morale for which to read cities and civilians expected the bombed out people to rise against their governments or at least call for an end to the war, they often ac The quality of scholarship and analysis is excellent, but you should be advised you have to plow through mountains of statistics that belonged in an appendix Also needed major editing, the paragraphs in many


About the Author: Richard Overy

Richard James Overy is a British historian who has published extensively on the history of World War II and the Third Reich.


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