Big Week: Six Days That Changed the Course of World War II

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Berkley Caliber, Dec 31, 2012 - History - 298 pages
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In just six days, the United States Strategic Air Forces changed the course of military offense in World War II. During those six days, they launched the largest bombing campaign of the war, dropping roughly 10,000 tons of bombs in a rain of destruction that would take the skies back from the Nazis . . .

The Allies knew that if they were to invade Hitler's Fortress Europe, they would have to wrest air superiority from the mighty Luftwaffe.

The plan of the Unites States Strategic Air Forces was risky. During the week of February 20th, 1944 - and joined by the RAF Bomber Command - the USAAF Eighth and Fifteenth Air Force bombers took on this vital and extremely risky mission. They ran the gauntlet of the most heavily defended air space in the world to deal a death blow to Germany's aircraft industry, and made them pay with the planes already in the air. In the coming months, this Big Week would prove a deciding factor in the war.

Both sides were dealt losses, and whereas the Allies could recover, damage to the Luftwaffe was irreparable. Thus Big Week became one of the most important episodes of World War II, and coincidentally, one of the most overlooked - until now.

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Review: Big Week: Six Days that Changed the Course of World War II

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As the title suggest it is a book about a week of massive Allied bombing in Germany and the consequences of those raids. What detracts from the book is that it takes the first 150 pages (of 270) to ... Read full review

Review: Big Week: Six Days that Changed the Course of World War II

User Review  - Goodreads

As the title suggest it is a book about a week of massive Allied bombing in Germany and the consequences of those raids. What detracts from the book is that it takes the first 150 pages (of 270) to ... Read full review

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Simon Schamais University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University and the prize-winning author of seventeen books, including The Embarrassment of Riches, Citizens, Landscape and Memory, Rembrandt's Eyes, the History of Britaintrilogy and The Story of the Jews. He is a contributing editor of the Financial Timesand his award-winning television work as writer and presenter for the BBC includes the fifteen-part A History of Britainand the eight-part, Emmy-winning Power of Art.

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