For five years during the Second World War, the Allies launched a trial and error bombing campaign against Germany's historical city landscape. Peaking in the war's final three months, it was the first air attack of its kind. Civilian dwellings were struck by-in today's terms-"weapons of mass destruction," with a total of 600,000 casualties, including 70,000 children.
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It changed my entire opinion of the Americans and British being the "good guys" of WWII. The complete devastation of most of Germany's city/town centers and the targeting of civilian populations horrified me. (A lot of effort was invested in figuring out how to create the perfect fire storm which would destroy the close ...more
Thoroughly researched and thoroughly exhausting to read, "Der Brand" ("The Fire") is about as detailed an account as you can probably find on the bombing of Germany during World War II.
Friedrich gives what I found to be a very neutral, matter-of-fact 600 pages on the subject matter. ...more
This gives a look at the air war against Germany from a perspective most Enlgish-speaking readers haven't encountered: that of the German civilian. It is a very angry book (but in a controlled way) and while the organization seems a bit unusual, I found it an interesting choice, as if we were getting the experience of an air raid survivor, with things being repressed and then breaking out at a later time.
I think the translation from the German c ...more
That aside, this gives an extraordinary look into what exactly happened in the WWII bombing regime against Germany. An informative historical read.
Friedrich kuvaa kirjassaan käsittämättömiin suhteisiin kasvaneita pommituksia, jotka tappoivat kymmeniä tu ...more