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Death from the Skies: How the British and Germans Survived Bombing in World War II

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The German 'Blitz' that followed the Battle of Britain killed tens of thousands and laid waste to large areas of many British cities. And although the destruction of 1940-1 was never repeated on the same scale, fears that Hitler possessed a secret weapon of mass destruction never entirely died, and were partially realized in the VI and V2 raids of 1944-5. The British and American response to the 'Blitz', especially from 1943 onwards, was massive and incomparably more devastating - with apocalyptic consequences for German cities such as Hamburg, Dresden, and Berlin, to name but the most prominent.

In this ground-breaking new book, German historian Dietmar Suss investigates the effects of the bombing on both Britain and Nazi Germany, showing how these two very different societies sought to withstand the onslaught and keep up morale amidst the material devastation and psychological trauma that was visited upon them. And, as he reflects in the conclusion, this is not a story that is safely confined to the past: the debate over the rights and the wrongs of the mass bombing of British and German cities during World War II remains a highly emotional subject even today.

About the Author

Dietmar Süss is Professor of Modern History at the University of Augsburg. A prize-winning author and academic, he has published widely on the Third Reich, the Second World War, and themes post-war German history, and his books have been translated into several languages.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1. The War of the Future 1900-1939

2. Bombing, the Public Sphere, and Morale

3. Social Organization Under a State of Emergency

4. Cities at War

5. The Churches and the Air War

6. Fear and Order: Life in Air Raid Shelters

7. Experiences of the Air War

8. Death in the Air War

9. Memories of the Air War in the Early Postwar Period

10. Lessons of the Air War

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199668519
Author:
Suss, Dietmar
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
History, World | British | Since 1945
Subject:
World History-Germany
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Publication Date:
20140431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
800
Dimensions:
6.7 x 9.4 x 1.8 in 2.688 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » General
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » England » General
History and Social Science » World History » Germany » General

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