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The strategic air war against Germany, 1939-1945 : report of the British Bombing Survey Unit
British Bombing Survey Unit.
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London ; Portland, OR : F. Cass, 1998.
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liv, xii, 195 pages : illustrations ; 35 cm.
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D786 .B718 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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At the close of the Second World War both the RAF and the United States Army Air Forces sent teams of investigators to the continent of Europe to try and assess the effectiveness of Allied strategic bombing. The British Survey was originally classified and is published here for the first time. By combining the original Report and an analysis of its strengths and weaknesses, together with a short history of the genesis of the British Survey, this work is an important contribution to the continuing historical debate over the effects of the strategic bombing offensive in the Second World War.

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This report of the British Bombing Survey Unit (BBSU) was completed in 1947 but remained classified until 1972, when WW II records were opened. It contains a lot of material on the German economy and on bombing policy and methods, based on a combination of British and American sources. Thus it remains a tool for scholars interested in the WW II Allied air activity to defeat Germany. But any scholar who wishes to explore and write about the grand strategic air offensive against Germany must also read not only David MacIsaac's Strategic Bombing in World War II (1976), as well as Richard Overy's War and Economy in the Third Reich (1994). This new volume provides for the first time not only the original BBSU Report but also a skillful analysis of the work itself, pointing specifically to the sinister distortion of the conclusions by the principal author Solly Zuckerman and his boss Lord Tedder. The combination offers limited information on area bombing, but much on attacking transportation and oil. One of the essential works on WW II in the air. All levels. R. Higham; Kansas State University

Table of Contents

Bombing policies and directifs
the scale and distribution of the bomber effort
the effects of the combined bomber offensive
achievements and possibilities of strategic air wars