The bombing war europe 1939 1945 by richard overy review the bombing campaigns were startlingly inaccurate and this is the most important book on the second world war published this century. When a historian of the stature of mr overy writes about the air war in europe 1939 1945 one must read it not for the faint of heart 852 pages the book is worth the price for the bibliography alone though with his typical thoroughness the author lays to rest any myths about the bombing campaigns of both the axis and the allies in ww2. As well as the three major campaigns the german attack on britain from 1940 to 1941 the british bombing of germany from 1939 to 1942 and the combined allied offensive from 1943 to 1945 the bombing war also covers several smaller much less well studied campaigns those include german attacks against soviet cities and the soviet . Between 1939 and 1945 over 600000 civilians were killed across europe in aerial attacks over a million more were injured before the outbreak of the second world war claims had been made in. For britain bombing became perhaps its principal contribution to the fighting as night after night exceptionally brave men flew over occupied europe destroying its cities the bombing war radically overhauls our understanding of the war
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