The Strategic Air War Against Germany, 1939-1945: Report of the British Bombing Survey Unit

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Psychology Press, 1998 - History - 195 pages
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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Contents

List of Illustrations vii
vii
Contents iii
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LMT OF TABLESPART HLontd Page
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Preface
lxv
9 JULY 1941
1
POINTBLANK AND OVERLORD
14
The Scale and Distribution of the Bomber Effort
31
THE SIZE AND COMPOSITION OF THE BOMBER FORCES
40
Total Numbers of Goods Waggons allocated in the Reich
128
Number of Davs Supplv based on Stocks at End of Month
127
Number of Waggons allocated to German Zones as per cent of November 1943
129
Daily Average of Movements of Coal and Coke bv Waterway from the Ruhr in 1000 tons January 1943January 1945
130
Coal Position in South Germany December 1944 1000 tons
131
1936 German Oil Plan
139
The Karinhall Oil Target
141
German Output of Fuels and Lubricants in Terms of Finished Products
143

THE GROWTH IN EFFECTIVENESS OF THE STRATEGIC BOMBER FORCES FORCES
44
THE FIGHT AGAINST THE GERMAN AIR DEFENCES
50
THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE EFFORT
53
The Effects of the Combined Bomber Offensive 63
51
Comparison o Allied Intelligence Estimates of German Aircraft Production with Actual Production
109
Decline in FreightWaggon Loadings in different S N C F Regions expressed as a Percentage of previous Peak Loads
117
The Relation between Effort and Success in Attacks on French Railway Bridges
120
Sources of German Oil Supply 193843
144
The Annual Stock Position of German Fuel Oils
145
194445 Attacks on German Oil Installations
147
Achievements and Possibilities of Strategic Air War
159
Glossary of Code Names and Abbreviations
173
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