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on 29 March 2013
I am again struck by the blindness of authors who compelling argue that it was the British who bombed German cities, while conveniently avoiding the whole truth that the Americans also bombed German cities albeit not until 1942 when they entered the War in Europe.

The claim at the time and thereafter was that the British did 'area bombing' and that the Americans did 'Precision bombing', which by unspoken implication killed no citizens. The actual bomb fall around the target was very similar, described graphically by one senior American bomber commander at the time as British 'precision bombing of area targets' and American 'area bombing of precision targets'. The simple statistics of actual American bomb fall as recorded by American Forces speak to the truth. Garrett fails to examine this embarrassing aspect and consequently discredits his analysis.

The truth is that the Americans won the public relations war; the British told something closer to the Truth. It is a great shame that the massive contribution of the Combined Bombing Offensive to Allied Victory continues to be emasculated by modern authors who play the ethical and moral cards within the context of Total War. I am sorry to say that this book continues to play the public relations game.
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