Fire and Fury The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-1945

ISBN-10: 0451230086

ISBN-13: 9780451230089

Edition: N/A

Authors: Randall Hansen
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Description: During the Second World War, Allied air forces dropped nearly two million tons of bombs on Germany, destroying some 60 cities, killing more than half a million German citizens, and leaving 80,000 pilots dead. But the terrible truth is that much of the bombing was carried out against the expressed demands of the Allied military leadership, leading to the needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians. Focusing on the crucial period from 1942 to 1945, Fire and Furytells the story of the American and British bombing campaign through the eyes of those involved: the military and civilian command in America, Britain, and Germany, the aircrews in the skies who carried out their orders, and civilians on the ground who felt the fury of the Allied attacks. Here, for the first time, the story of the American and British air campaigns is told—and the cost accounted for.

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List price: $15.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/6/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Randall Hansen is Director of the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies and a Chair in Politics at the University of Toronto. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at Nuffield College, a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, and a Tutorial Fellow at Merton College Oxford, where he ran the PPE school. He has held visiting fellowships at UCLA, the Institute for Political Science (Sciences Po), Paris, the Humboldt University, Berlin and Trinity College, Dublin. His last book, The Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-5 was published in 2008 to great acclaim and was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award. He has given public lectures throughout Europe and North America, and regularly speaks on local, national and international radio. He divides his time between Toronto and Berlin.

Preface
The day Hamburg died
The Blitz: Bombing civilians and destroying houses
Bomber Harris takes over
The Americans
Building the mighty Eighth
Burn, Germany, burn
Killing the Boche
Cologne
G�ring and Speer
Churchill, Roosevelt, and the future of bombing
The Ruhr
Busting dams
England July 27, 1943: "Let us open the window"
To destroy Hamburg
Under the bombs
Speer's nightmare
The Battle of Berlin
What the British knew
Taking out the Luftwaffe
Germany's Achilles' heel
Oil and baby killing
Harris's and Spaatz's orders
Portal pleads
Speer despairs, Harris threatens, Portal blinks
American area bombing
A crescendo of destruction
Doubts
As the last bombs fell
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
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