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BOMBING GERMANY: THE FINAL PHASE The Destruction of Pforzheim and the Closing Months of Bomber Command’s War

The Destruction of Pforzheim and the Closing Months of Bomber Command’s War 
The destruction of Dresden by RAF Bomber Command and the USAF in February 1945 is one of the Second World War's most (in)famous episodes, but few remember the equally destructive raid on the west German town of Pforzheim a few days later. In this thorough account, Tony Redding looks at the raid from both sides : the aircrew who carried it out, and the survivors on the ground.
During 1942 and 1943 the striking power of RAF Bomber Command was transformed by the arrival of heavy bombers, advanced navigation and blind bombing systems, and new tactics to concentrate the bombers over the target and swamp the German defences. By October 1944 most of Germany's cities were in ruins, yet the bombing continued to intensify, reaching unprecedented levels in the final seven months of the air campaign. The value of further area raids was questioned during the opening months of 1945, yet the Allies destroyed the remaining cities in a bid to hasten the end of the war. The handful of German cities still largely unscathed in early February 1945 Dresden was infamously devastated that month, and a few days later the west German town of Pforzheim was destined to suffer the same fate. This book commemorates the efforts of the aircrew members who risked their lives, consolidating a host of intriguing first-hand accounts. It also considers Pforzheim as a representative community under National Socialist rule. The city's survivors remember the horror of the raid and its aftermath, including eventual occupation by French Colonial troops and, subsequently, American forces. Tony does an admirable job of presenting historical context when considering actions in times of extreme trauma and his narrative offers an intriguing, engaging and poignant evocation of the closing months of Bomber Command's war.


Product Code: 25492
Author: Tony Redding
ISBN: 9781473823549
Format: Hardback, 381 pages Published Price £25
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