Operation Pointblank 1944

Defeating the Luftwaffe

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Operation Pointblank 1944

Defeating the Luftwaffe

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Osprey's examination of Operation Pointblank, which was the code name for the United States Army Air Force's attempt to destroy German fighter capability through the use of daylight strategic bombing in advance of the D-Day landings of World War II (1939-1945). Launched in 1943, the operation immediately met with severe problems, most notably the horrible attrition experienced by the US bomber forces. However, with the arrival of the P-51 Mustang, the United States was able to equip the fighters to fly on long-range-bomber escort missions and take the fight to the Luftwaffe in the skies over Germany. This book examines the entire operation from both the Allied and the German perspectives, covering all the main decisions and technological innovations made by both sides in this epic struggle.

Table of Contents

Origins of the campaign /Chronology /Opposing commanders /Opposing armies /Orders of battle /Opposing plans /The campaign /Aftermath /The battlefield today /Further reading /Index

Product details

Published Jul 19 2011
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781849083850
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 236
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Steven J. Zaloga

Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in History from U…

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Steven J. Zaloga

Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in History from U…

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