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Preview this item Preview this item. Subjects Great Britain. This book also discusses the many varying moral issues that even to this day still rage between those who feel guilt for the destruction of so many German cities and those who see moral justification in the eventual Allied victory.

This book details doctrine, research and armament development, and the foresight or lack thereof by individuals and various committees involved in making the Command a fighting force.


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For those of you who wondered why so many problems dogged Bomber Command and its equipment during WW2 I would thoroughly recommend 'The Relentless Offensive: War and Bomber Command' This book details doctrine, research and armament development, and the foresight or lack thereof by individuals and various committees involved in making the command a fighting force. How well did the scientists, the civil service and industry support Bomber Command to ensure that the bombing was as effective as possible?

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The author suggests, with the help of many official documents, that the expected support often did not appear with the urgency and commitment it deserved. As an example, he cites how the North American Aircraft Company was able to produce a prototype of the Mustang in just days yet, when the UK Armament Department was asked to produce a new gun they estimated it would take them 15 years! The pre-war doctrine of the relentless offensive dwelt too much on a vision of panicking crowds and ruined cities, somehow the detail of how this would be achieved was not well thought out. The expansion of Bomber Command, from medium bombers at the start of the war to eventually 1, heavy bombers at its end, was a great achievement.

But perhaps a more telling statistic is that, during this time, 8, bombers were lost. Why did we stick with inferior rifle-calibre 0. Why were turrets with better clear-vision panels not fitted?

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Why did our incendiary bombs fall in a random scattering across the bomber stream instead of being more concentrated with aimable containers? Why was the effectiveness of the explosive used not improved by the simple means of adding aluminium as done by the Royal Navy and the Germans? Why was the need for a long-range escort fighter not pursued for the RAF? How grateful we were when the Americans provided them!

The survivors of Bomber Command the few of us now left may well weep to read that the back-up, which they assumed was there to support them, was all-too-often half-hearted or absent. How much more effective their efforts could have been, how many more of their lost comrades would have survived? This well-researched book has some of the answers. The book concentrates on the 'paper' war within the Air Ministry, detailing the meetings and committee reports on various subjects relating to bombing and also the correspondence between the senior ranks of the Air Ministry and RAF as they tried to mould the decisions into a form they wished their areas of responsibility to adopt.

The author has done much digging into the files of the Air Ministry to extract minutes and correspondence to cover the subject and the sources are well detailed. This makes it an excellent source book for the 'admin' side of the bomber offensive. It is something of a metaphor for the content of this book that it contains no illustrations. Instead, it is densely written, passionately argued and makes for demanding — and rewarding — reading.

It discusses exactly how well organised Bomber Command was to exploit the rapidly evolving new science and technology of new type of warfare. How much did the concept of Allied and German 'morale' influenced the Command's operational plans? This book delves into the research into high-explosives and firebombing techniques, newly designed bombs and their devastating effect on the enemy. Why in the early war days was the RAF bomber's armament so ineffective, the navigation so imprecise and the bombing accuracy so poor?

This book also discusses the many varying moral issues that even to this day still rage between those who feel guilt for the destruction of so many German cities and those who see moral justification in the eventual Allied victory. He joined British Gas and retired in He has had published Hitler's Terror Weapons in He is married to Erica and has a daughter Rebecca. He lives Coulsdon, Surrey.