To Destroy a City: Strategic Bombing and Its Human Consequences in World War II

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Herman Knell was nineteen and living in Würtzburg in March of 1945 when hundreds of Allied planes arrived overhead, unleashing a torrent of bombs on the city. Würtzburg's tightly packed medieval housing exploded in a firestorm, killing six thousand people in one night and destroying 92 percent of the city's structures. Despite the fact that Würtzburg had no strategic value, the city emerged from World War II second only to Dresden in material destruction inflicted from the air. The experience led Knell to years of research on the history, development, and effects of the strategy of area bombing.To Destroy a City is the result of the author's long and unrelenting investigation. His analysis of this form of warfare, which reached its zenith during World War II, covers the history and the development of wide-area bombing since 1914, examines its wartime effectiveness and the consequences. But the extra dimension that Knell's book offers is his firsthand experience of the tension, fear, tentative defiance, and, finally, utter catastrophe of being on the receiving end of overwhelming air power. For Americans, who fortunately did not experience bombing during the war, this is essential reading.

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Herman Knell emigrated to Canada after the war and became an engineer, publishing numerous papers in his field. His research on this book began in 1984, drawing on sources throughout the world. He currently lives in West Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Knell, who emigrated to Canada after WWII, acquired first-hand knowledge of strategic bombing's human consequences in March 1945, when his home town of Würzburg, Germany, was largely destroyed by the Royal Air Force. His subsequent lifelong study of the bombers' war led to this solid coverage of the subject, which is distinguished by its thoroughness and balanced judgement on controversial subjects. The story will be comparatively familiar to the serious reader of WW II history, less so to the beginning reader, for whom this book will be more useful. There are worthwhile items such as sketches of the theoreticians of the strategic air campaign, notably Solly Zuckerman and Frederick Lindemann (both British), and concise coverage of air raids outside the main European theater (China, Finland). The book leaves out the question of the role the Allied air campaign played in defeating the Luftwaffe over Europe, but does address civil defense effectiveness, psychological effects and the aftermath of the war for both civilians and bomber crews in a good introduction to its subject.
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