The Pointblank Directive

The Pointblank Directive

The Untold Story of the Daring Plan that Saved D-Day

General Military
  • Author: L. Douglas Keeney
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 20 Nov 2014
  • ISBN: 9781472807502
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 368
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About this Product

Where was the Luftwaffe on D-Day? The Pointblank Directive answers this question using extensive new research that creates a portrait of perhaps the last untold story of Operation Overlord. Following a year of unremarkable bombing against German targets, General Henry H. ‘Hap' Arnold, commander of the US Army Air Forces, placed his lifelong friend General Carl A. ‘Tooey' Spaatz in command of the strategic bombing forces in Europe, and his protégé, General James ‘Jimmy' Doolittle, in command of the Eighth Air Force in England. For these fellow aviation strategists, he had one set of orders - sweep the skies clean of the Luftwaffe by June 1944. Spaatz and Doolittle couldn't quite do that but they could clear the skies sufficiently to gain air superiority over the D-Day beaches allowing the Allies to establish their vital toe-hold on the beachheads. Their ambitious plan was called Pointblank.

Biographical Note

L. Douglas Keeney has been writing military non-fiction for 16 years and his work has been reviewed by Newsweek,, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. Keeney has appeared on The Discovery Channel, CBS, The Learning Channel and The Military Channel (which he cofounded), and he has been interviewed by scores of radio stations and syndicates. He is presently the on-air host for On Target. Previously, Keeney worked for 15 years in marketing and advertising in Los Angeles and New York and was nominated to the Institute for Advanced Advertising Studies (NYC) and was nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year by both the Graduate School of Business at the University of Southern California. Keeney has a BA in Economics from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.


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Foreword by Stephen Frater
Preface: 1943
Chapter 1: Airmen
Chapter 2: Autumn 1943
Chapter 3: Pointblank
Chapter 4: Life on Base
Chapter 5: Spaatz
Chapter 6: Anywhere
Chapter 7: The Clock Ticks
Chapter 8: Formation
Chapter 9: Exhaustion
Chapter 10: Locusts
Chapter 11: Flak Boys
Chapter 12: Berlin
Chapter 13: April
Chapter 14: Invasion
Chapter 15: Secret Weapons
Chapter 16: War Plan
Chapter 17: Combat
Chapter 18: Dicing with the Devil
Chapter 19: May 1944
Chapter 20: Deception
Chapter 21: June 1944
Chapter 22: D-Day
Chapter 23: D+1
Notes Select Bibliography

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