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The Bombing War: Europe 1939-1945 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

10 thoughts on “The Bombing War: Europe 1939-1945

  1. says:

    It delivers what it promises bombing throughout Europe A good two thirds is still devoted to the Blitz over England Germany Italy benefits most of Overy s pan European ambition, while Western Europeor less gets attention in descending order of damage The section on Eastern Europe felt too short I am not yet qualified to judge the strategical bombing of the Soviet Union in the context of Barbarossa It s suppos

  2. says:

    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 dr

  3. says:

    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 di

  4. says:

    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 t

  5. says:

    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 i

  6. says:

    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 Franc

  7. says:

    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 a

  8. says:

    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 misconceptions, forgotten history and heroics that have over the decades built up over the actua

  9. says:

    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 B B and I enjoyed this book greatly On a side note, as I read this book a bulldozer driver in Germany was ki

  10. says:

    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 cases are intolerably lengthy, sometimes in excess of a page, and tend to lose the thread and force of the explanation.

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