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Bomber Offensive (Pen & Sword Military Classics) (Pen and Sword Military Classics) Paperback – 1 Mar 2005
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Arthur Travers Harris was born on 13 April 1892 at Cheltenham in Gloucestershire. He joined the Royal Flying Corp in 1915, remaining in the RAF after the war. In 1939 he was given command of No.5 Group, before taking over at Bomber Command in 1942. He was appointed Marshal of the Royal Air Force in 1946. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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This is essential reading for anybody interested in Bomber Command's role in WWII & the man who led it - even (or possibly especially) for somebody who thinks the way the bomber force was used was wrong.
Harris makes his points clearly but does not overstress them. For example he puts on record the fact that while he believed in area bombing it was his superiors (including Churchill) who established it & wanted it pursued. The way they then turned their backs on the force at the end of the war was a disgrace.
His comments in conclusion, including his condemnation of the role of battleships in the War, are fascinating particularly given the waste of enormous sums of money on the white elephant for which we have no planes.
The fault for which he has never been forgiven was, in fact, his habit of pointing out uncomfortable truths.
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