“Big Week” 1944

Operation Argument and the breaking of the Jagdwaffe

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“Big Week” 1944

Operation Argument and the breaking of the Jagdwaffe

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A rigorous new analysis of America's legendary “Big Week" air campaign which enabled the Allies to gain air superiority before D-Day.

In the years before the outbreak of World War II, there was a general consensus among military strategists that strategic bombing had the ability to win wars. However, no-one could foresee the devastation that German radar-directed interceptors would inflict on large bomber formations.

With the increasingly urgent need to eliminate these German fighter-aircraft prior to D-Day, a concerted two-phase effort, code-named “Operation Argument,” was launched by USSAF. Targeting aircraft factories with hundreds of heavy bombers escorted by the new long-range P-51 Mustang, the operation, now known as the “Big Week” campaign, was designed to destroy aircraft production on the ground and force the Luftwaffe into combat to defend these vital facilities, allowing the new escort fighters to take their toll on the German interceptors. Packed with specially commissioned artwork and maps, this title is a detailed and fascinating analysis of “Big Week”--history's first ever successful offensive counterair (OCA) campaign.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
CHRONOLOGY
ATTACKER'S CAPABILITIES
-The Pointblank Directive
-Aircraft: their capabilities, roles, and missions
-Commanders
ORDERS OF BATTLE, February 1944
DEFENDER'S CAPABILITIES
-The Luftwaffe's air defence system
-Aircraft: their capabilities, roles, and missions
-Commanders
CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVES
-“Black Week” – the crisis of American daylight strategic
bombing
-The Luftwaffe's response
-Operation Argument planning
THE CAMPAIGN
-Eighth AF Mission 226, February 20
-Eighth AF Mission 228, February 21
-Eighth AF Mission 230, February 22
-Fifteenth AF Missions, February 22, 23, and 24
-Eighth AF Mission No.233, February 24
-Eighth and Fifteenth AF Missions, February 25
AFTERMATH AND ASSESSMENT
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

Product details

Published Feb 15 2022
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781472824516
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Air Campaign
Short code ACM 27
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

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Douglas C. Dildy

Douglas C. Dildy is a retired US Air Force colonel…

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Graham Turner

Graham Turner is a leading historical artist, spec…

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