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5.0 out of 5 stars A Critical Operation to help make Overlord a success.
Operation Pointblank was started in the summer of 1943 and would officially end on April 1, 1944. Its objectives were to cripple the German Luftwaffe and degrade the German response to the Normandy landings in June of 44 by knocking out as much transportation infrastructure and aircraft production capacity as possible.
Though it was a joint operation between the RAF...
Published on 28 July 2011 by Dave History Student

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3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of the information doesn't convert well to kindle
The book has many maps and tables ... these are clumsily converted to the kindle version. That having been said the text is very interesting with lots of new (to me) information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Critical Operation to help make Overlord a success., 28 July 2011
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Operation Pointblank was started in the summer of 1943 and would officially end on April 1, 1944. Its objectives were to cripple the German Luftwaffe and degrade the German response to the Normandy landings in June of 44 by knocking out as much transportation infrastructure and aircraft production capacity as possible.
Though it was a joint operation between the RAF and USAAF, the majority of the responsibility was given to the US. The RAF had other responsibilities that would keep them busy. Mr Zaloga limits his coverage to the US contributions in this small book.
In addition to the above information, the introduction provides the reader the early history of American AF participation against Germany in order to provide a backdrop when Operation Pointblank was inaugurated. By the time "Big Week" was completed at the end of February 1944, the Luftwaffe was just a shell of its glory days of 1941-42. This section of the book was quite extensive (relatively) giving the new or casual reader an understanding of the conditions that existed on both sides of the Channel at the beginning of 1944 when both sides escalated efforts.

Opposing Commanders entailed seven pages and was one of the largest chapters in the Osprey Campaign series. It included many key people, not just top one or two officers, and it included a decent, a more in-depth profile for the top officers.( Again its relative.) A photo for each officer was included. Opposing Forces was even larger, having 20 pages devoted to it. The scope of this chapter was more than just covering the units that made up the respective AFs. Though in its infancy radar systems, ground control intercept systems as well as the Allied use of radar counter measure techniques were discussed and found interesting. An Order of Battle for each side is also provided.
Opposing Plans is discussed as well. Generally speaking much of the US plans had already been discussed but in this chapter greater organization to details was provided. On the German side it was disclosed that it was expecting the Allies' invasion and Hitler and Milch stepped up their defenses along the coast and throughout Europe. Increased production of bombers and fighters was also put in place as well as V1 and V2 production. Germany recognized their aircraft armament was deficient and developed air to air missiles which, sorry to say, improved their offensive capabilities.
The coverage of the campaign was good, providing details of the many missions and sub operations that were initiated under the big umbrella "Operation Pointblank". The German side was also covered; though greatly over matched the Luftwaffe put up a valiant try to stem the Allied tide.
In addition to the Operation details, political coverage of say the Casablanca and Quebec conferences with FDR and Churchill is mentioned. The coverage of the friction between the different US Air Armies and between the USAAF and RAF is also provided.

The success of this operation though much more costly than expected dramatically helped Operation Overlord be a success. This aspect and a few other comments by the author close out the narrative.

Included with the story are five 2-D maps and three 3-D maps which a number of different aspects of this air war. A map of German flak installations, Allied air routes and distances each type of plane could fly. Specific attacks on Schweinfurt, Oschersleben, attacks on German fuel depots and more is provided. There are also a dozen tables that show production numbers, mission runs, casualties and more. Three color action scenes were also included. These action scenes were real looking but the many B&W photos showing in-flight dogfights and bomb drops, flying formations were worth the price of the book on their own.

A simple Chronology, Index and a good reading list close out the book.

Mr Zaloga presents background information about the war and the experience and scale of the USAAF in 1942 and how it expanded through the Normandy landings. He shows the improvements in radar and weapons and tactics. Operation Pointblank is explained and the key missions and their results are discussed, showing the constant attacks on the Luftwaffe gradually wore them down to where it lost control of the skies. The book also shows the difficulties the Germans were facing yet still trying to stay in the fight.
This is a terrific primer that could satisfy the needs of some, motivate others to read more and with the help of the reading list could point you to added material that you seek.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steven Zaloga at his best!, 5 Dec 2011
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Henrik Øberg-pedersen "Panzerbuff" (Sønderborg,Denmark) - See all my reviews
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Mr.Zaloga tells you on ca.100 pages about the airwar 44-45 in so a fantastic way,
that i would say this is must in every one ww2 library.It includes photos,statics and a lot of information-i think i will read it again soon.It shall have all the stars it can get.The price is a bargain!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of the information doesn't convert well to kindle, 22 Jun 2014
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The book has many maps and tables ... these are clumsily converted to the kindle version. That having been said the text is very interesting with lots of new (to me) information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Hit, 5 Jan 2014
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Big hit with my brother. I have b ought several of these books and he loves them. Anyone interested in war or military campaigns then these are a must for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Summary, 3 Sep 2013
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Dennis Michael Reiser Savage (Huddersfield, West Yorkshire England) - See all my reviews
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The 'Battle Over Germany' is, obviously, too big a topic for any one book to cover - let alone an 'Osprey' but Steven Zaloga has, yet again, written an excellent summary.

This book 'hits' all the key points, the early losses, the build up of air power, the arrival of long range escort fighters, the arrtrition of the Luftwaffe fighter force and Bomber Harris's reluctance to 100% commit to the 'day time' war against fuel - just when Allied air superiority made it safer to bomb in day time rather than night bombing!

Steven Zaloga then provides a good cross section of further reading to develop on what he has written.

I 100% recommend this book as an 'enjoyable' read in its own right and as a starter on WWII Allied bombing strategies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent value for money, 27 Nov 2012
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The detail is excellent and the photographs priceless.
The diagrams are first class.
Can only be in awe of the guys who flew these planes in these circumstances.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 8 Aug 2014
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yes it was ok it was worth the read.
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