The Failed Bombing Offensive: A Reexamination Of The Combined Bomber Offensive In 1943

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For decades nations have debated how to successfully employ air power. In 1943 the United States and Great Britain launched a massive strategic bombing campaign against Germany. The two sides agreed to a flawed plan due to the fundamental differences on bombing doctrine. As a result, the campaign was fraught with issues that remained largely unresolved in 1943. Without a clearly defined plan, the Allies were unable to determine which commands or targets received priority throughout the offensive. This ultimately led to a confused and unfocused campaign. High losses and inconclusive results derailed the American bombing effort. By November, the ... continued below

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Truxal, Luke W. December 2011.

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For decades nations have debated how to successfully employ air power. In 1943 the United States and Great Britain launched a massive strategic bombing campaign against Germany. The two sides agreed to a flawed plan due to the fundamental differences on bombing doctrine. As a result, the campaign was fraught with issues that remained largely unresolved in 1943. Without a clearly defined plan, the Allies were unable to determine which commands or targets received priority throughout the offensive. This ultimately led to a confused and unfocused campaign. High losses and inconclusive results derailed the American bombing effort. By November, the two sides agreed that the entire bombing offensive was either behind schedule or had failed entirely.

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Truxal, Luke W. The Failed Bombing Offensive: A Reexamination Of The Combined Bomber Offensive In 1943, thesis, December 2011; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc103402/: accessed September 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .