German Flak Defences vs Allied Heavy Bombers

1942–45

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German Flak Defences vs Allied Heavy Bombers

1942–45

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This title offers a detailed look at the crucial but little-acknowledged role of the German heavy flak guns in the defense against allied heavy bombers in World War II.

Since the end of World War II, the strategic bombing of Germany has inspired numerous studies, countless books and several documentary films, and it is not surprising. With more than one million tons of bombs dropped, close to 300,000 civilians killed, 700,000 wounded and in excess of 3,500,000 industrial and residential structures destroyed, the Allied bomber offensive was industrial war on a grand scale. The air battle that raged over Germany has often been described as a battle between Allied and German fighters but what has been frequently missed by historians on all sides is the impact of German anti aircraft defenses (flak).

Though often dismissed as ineffective and a waste of valuable material and personnel, the German flak arm made a major contribution to the defense of the Third Reich--at least half of the American aircraft shot down over Germany fell to flak, and according to the RAF Official History, it was estimated that flak accounted for 1229 of 3302 aircraft lost by Bomber Command between 1942 and April 1945. Additionally, the strategic role of flak extended beyond simply shooting down aircraft--its other, more important task was to force bombers to drop their ordnance sooner or from a higher altitude, thus reducing bombing accuracy.

Both these roles are explored in depth in this detailed study of the German flak defenses and of their adversaries, the Allied heavy bombers. Containing full-color illustrations including cockpit scenes and armament views, this is the definitive guide to the much-overlooked conflict between Allied planes and German anti aircraft defenses.

Table of Contents

Introduction /Chronology /Design and Development /Technical Specifications/ The Strategic Situation /The Combatants /Combat /Statistics and Analysis /Aftermath /Further Reading /Index

Product details

Published Oct 29 2019
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781472836717
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Duel
Short code DUE 98
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Donald Nijboer

Donald Nijboer lives in Toronto, Canada and has wr…

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Jim Laurier

Jim Laurier is a native of New England and lives i…

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Gareth Hector

Gareth Hector is a digital artist of international…

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