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By Dietmar Suss

The German 'Blitz' that the conflict of england killed tens of hundreds of thousands and laid waste to giant components of many British towns. And even supposing the destruction of 1940-1 was once by no means repeated at the related scale, fears that Hitler possessed a mystery weapon of mass destruction by no means fullyyt died, and have been partly discovered within the VI and V2 raids of 1944-5. The British and American reaction to the 'Blitz', specially from 1943 onwards, was once giant and incomparably extra devastating - with apocalyptic outcomes for German towns similar to Hamburg, Dresden, and Berlin, to call however the such a lot prominent.

In this ground-breaking new ebook, German historian Dietmar Suss investigates the consequences of the bombing on either Britain and Nazi Germany, exhibiting how those very diverse societies sought to resist the onslaught and sustain morale amidst the fabric devastation and mental trauma that was once visited upon them. And, as he displays within the end, this isn't a narrative that's thoroughly restrained to the previous: the talk over the rights and the wrongs of the mass bombing of British and German towns in the course of global warfare II continues to be a hugely emotional topic even today.

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The comparative method requires systematization. In the case of Germany the regions selected for study follow the course of the bombing. Cities in the west and north of the Reich that were bombed early and over a long period are investigated, as well as cities in the south that were not attacked until the second half of the war and thus able to take advantage of the fund of knowledge and experience gained in other regions. Thus Stuttgart, Nuremberg, and Munich are analysed as well as Rostock, Berlin, Hamburg, Kiel, Cologne, and Düsseldorf.

G. East Prussia and Essen as two extremes, and were headed by a Gauleiter. national community (Volksgemeinschaft) The term used by the Nazis to designate the society of the ‘Third Reich’ embodying their version of völkisch (see below) values and operating in accordance with völkisch norms. national comrade (Volksgenosse) A member of the ‘national community’ and so subject to its norms and values. Those who failed to conform were excluded as ‘community aliens’ (Gemeinschaftsfremde) and were subjected to its penalties.

The bombing offensive had achieved its greatest effectiveness and so could destroy cities, factories, and infrastructure in the ‘Third Reich’ almost at will. 14 The damage inflicted on German centres of production was huge and attempts to deal with the problem by relocating plant or by the brutal use of forced labour became less and less successful. 15 The Allied bombing raids had direct and indirect consequences: they forced German industry to curtail the production of bombers in favour of fighter planes, which were required to defend Reich territory.

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