Published in 1944 by a former British Principal Secretary of the Air Ministry, this book set out to justify the saturation bombing of civilians.
It reveals that the tactic was initiated by the British in May 1940, and that Hitler opposed this concept and refused to retaliate for months while the German cities were bombed.
The British bombers were designed to bomb cities, he said, while the “Teutonic mind” never even considered such a policy, and instead viewed an air force merely as a tool to “blast open” a path for attacking armies. The German air force, he pointed out, was never used for anything else until ordered to retaliate against the British campaign.
“Whatever Hitler wanted or did not want, he most assuredly did not want the mutual bombing to go on. He had not wanted it ever to begin. He wanted it, having begun, to be called off. There was ample evidence that he did not want the latter kind of bombing to become the practice. He had done his best... More > to have it banned by international agreement.”< Less
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