Bomber Harris

Sir Arthur Harris’ Despatch on War Operations 1942-1945

John Grehan, Martin Mace

 
Date Published :
July 2014
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
Illustrated
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781783032983
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$39.95

Overview
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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 dispatches, “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’ dispatches 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’ dispatches were not published by the government, even though the dispatches of every other branch of the armed services, and all of their operations, were made public.

The full text of Harris’ dispatches is reproduced here along with an explanation why these documents were withheld for so many years.

About The Author
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JOHN GREHAN has written, edited or contributed to more than 300 books and magazine articles covering a wide span of military history from the Iron Age to the recent conflict in Afghanistan. John has also appeared on local and national radio and television to advise on military history topics. He was employed as the Assistant Editor of Britain at War Magazine from its inception until 2014. John now devotes his time to writing and editing books.

Martin Mace has been involved in writing and publishing military history for more than twenty-five years. He began his career with local history, writing a book on the Second World War anti-invasion defences and stop lines in West Sussex. Following the success of this book, he established Historic Military Press, which has published a wide range of titles. In 2006 he began working on the idea for Britain at War Magazine, the first issue of which went on sale in May 2007. This publication has grown rapidly to become the best-selling military history periodical on the high street. Martin now devotes his time to writing and editing books.

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