Published Jan 2010
The bomber campaign was the most controversial of World War II. Did it help bring Germany to her knees? Was the RAF wrong to bomb cities? Did the USAAF really attack only military targets? Was anything achieved but the death of women and children? If not, are the bombers – and especially Sir Arthur Harris – war criminals? Or were all means justified against the Nazis?
Robin Neillands examines every detail of the campaign. He draws on the personal experiences of not only British but of American, Australian, Canadian and other Allied fliers as well, and also of German aircrew and civilians. Neillands also examines the moral issues, and the case against Harris in particular. The age of freefall bombs has passed, but veterans are still alive to state their case, and to tell a new generation what their war was like.