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A great leader honestly remembered,
This review is from: "Bomber" Harris: His Life and Times (Greenhill Military Paperback) (Paperback)
Full of fascinating detail of the bombing campaign and of his personal life. Good discussion of the shameful evasion by government of their part in the decision to conduct area bombing, and Harris' unapologetic defence of it.
Bomber Command lost 55,000 of its 125,000 aircrew - 25% of all killed in British Armed Forces. So the great affection Harris was held in by his former comrades indicates how remarkable a leader he must have been.
The bombing assault on Germany was critical for the winning of WWII, not just an important part. Nazis like Goebbels and Spier admitted to it. As Spier put it, '...this was the greatest lost battle on the German side. The losses from the retreats in Russia or from the surrender of Stalingrad were considerably less'.