The Ruhr 1943

The Ruhr 1943

The RAF’s brutal fight for Germany’s industrial heartland

Air Campaign 24
  • Author: Richard Worrall
  • Illustrator: Graham Turner
  • Short code: ACM 24
  • Publication Date: 28 Oct 2021
  • Number of Pages: 96
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This illustrated study explores, in detail, the RAF's first concentrated air campaign of World War II against one of the hardest and most important targets in Germany - the industrial heartland of the Ruhr that kept Hitler's war machine running.

Between March and July 1943, RAF Bomber Command undertook its first concentrated bombing campaign, the Battle of the Ruhr, whose aim was nothing less than the complete destruction of the industry that powered the German war machine. Often overshadowed by the famous 'Dambusters' single-raid attack on the Ruhr dams, the Battle of the Ruhr proved much larger and much more complex. The mighty, industrial Ruhr region contained not only some of the most famous and important arms makers, such as the gunmakers Krupp of Essen, but also many other industries that the German war economy relied on, from steelmakers to synthetic oil plants. Being such a valuable target, the Ruhr was one of the most heavily defended regions in Europe.

This book examines how the brutal Ruhr campaign was conceived and fought, and how Bomber Command's relentless pursuit of its objective drew it into raids on targets well beyond the Ruhr, from the nearby city of Cologne to the Skoda works in Czechoslovakia. Drawing on a wide-range of primary and secondary sources, this is the story of the first titanic struggle in the skies over Germany between RAF Bomber Command and the Luftwaffe.

Biographical Note

Dr Richard Worrall teaches at the Department of History, Politics & Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University, and has taught history for over ten years, most recently in Singapore, and previously at the London School of Economics and Manchester Metropolitan University. His PhD from the University of Oxford focused on British strategic and military history, and he also holds an MA in Imperial and Commonwealth History from King's College London, and a BSc in International History from the LSE.Graham Turner is a leading historical artist, specializing in the medieval period. He has illustrated numerous titles for Osprey, covering a wide variety of subjects from the dress of the 10th-century armies of the Caliphates, through the action of bloody medieval battles, to the daily life of the British Redcoat of the late 18th century. The son of the illustrator Michael Turner, Graham lives and works in Buckinghamshire, UK.

Contents

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INTRODUCTION
CHRONOLOGY
ATTACKER'S CAPABILITIES
Bomber Command: prepared for the 'Main Offensive'
DEFENDER'S CAPABILITIES
CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVES
Attacking the Reich's Industrial Heartland and its Workers
ORDER OF BATTLE
Bomber Command Order of Battle as at 1800hrs, 27th May 1943
Luftwaffe Order of Battle for fighters in Western Europe from Denmark and Northern France, 24 July 1943
THE CAMPAIGN
ANALYSIS
CONCLUSION
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX


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