RUSI JournalVolume 160Issue 4members only

Bombed into Defeat? Air Power and the End of the Second World War


Strategic bombing contributed to the Allied victory in the Second World War, but was not a deciding factor

While the Second World War is by far the most studied global conflict, prolific scholarship on its contours and causes has yet to yield consensus. The effectiveness of different military strategies, most notably air bombing, is still disputed. Richard Overy examines the claim that strategic bombing was a major factor in bringing both the European and Pacific wars to an end in 1945. Rejecting the argument that bombing led to surrender in either Germany or Japan, he highlights

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