Terror from the Sky

"This is an interesting, informative, and important work. Overall, the quality of the essays is very high, and the focus of the book is on a topic of great importance." Stephen Nathanson, Northeastern University.

Author: Igor Primoratz

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781845456870

Category: History

Page: 252

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"This is an interesting, informative, and important work. Overall, the quality of the essays is very high, and the focus of the book is on a topic of great importance." Stephen Nathanson, Northeastern University. In this first interdisciplinary study of this contentious subject, leading experts in politics, history, and philosophy examine the complex aspects of the terror bombing of German cities during World War II. The contributors address the decision to embark on the bombing campaign, the moral issues raised by the bombing, and the main stages of the campaign and its effects on German civilians as well as on Germany's war effort. The book places the bombing campaign within the context of the history of air warfare, presenting the bombing as the first stage of the particular type of state terrorism that led to Hiroshima and Nagasaki and brought about the Cold War era "balance of terror." In doing so, it makes an important contribution to current debates about terrorism. It also analyzes the public debate in Germany about the historical, moral, and political significance of the deliberate killing of up to 600,000 German civilians by the British and American air forces. This pioneering collaboration provides a platform for a wide range of views---some of which are controversial---on a highly topical, painful, and morally challenging subject.

Terror From the Sky

Hermann Göring was named Commander in Chief , Erhard Milch was Secretary of State for Air , and Walther Wever was Chief of Staff . Within a week Hitler repudiated the Versailles Treaty with the declaration of a German Army of no less ...

Author: Edward Jablonski




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In this book the author takes the reader through the day by day battle. Accounts from some of those who survived the buzz bomb attacks bring the story to life as people tell about their fears and experiences.



ISBN: 9781526766779



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Hitler s Sky Warriors

Adolf Hitler, leader of the National Sozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (National Socialist German Workers' ... where its reputation as a “terror machine” was confirmed during such incidents as the bombing of Guernica in April 1937.

Author: Christopher Ailsby

Publisher: Pen and Sword Military

ISBN: 1473886708

Category: History

Page: 248

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During the Second World War, the German Fallschirmjger (paratroopers) carried out many successful and daring operations, such as the capture of the Belgian fortress at Eben Emael in 1940 and the invasion of Crete in 1941. Hitler's Sky Warriors is a detailed examination of all the battles and campaigns of the Third Reich's airborne forces, illustrated throughout by many previously unpublished photographs. Hitler's Sky Warriors includes detailed accounts of all the ground campaigns of the parachute divisions, especially in Italy, where their epic defenses of Monte Cassino entered military legend. As well as being a comprehensive account of Fallschirmjger battles and campaigns, Hitler's Sky Warriors includes information on the specialist weapons and equipment developed for Germany's airborne forces. These include the paratrooper helmet, the FG 42 automatic rifle, the so-called 'gravity knife', the different jump smocks, parachutes and harnesses, transport aircraft and gliders. Hitler's Sky Warriors also contains biographical details on all the main parachute commanders, such as Kurt Student, Bernhard Herman Ramcke and Richard Heidrich, and includes appendices that contain information about divisional orders of battle and Knight's Cross winners. In this way Hitler's Sky Warriors builds into an extensive and exciting account of one of the elite formations of military history.

Hitler s Terror Weapons

According to the Samarangana Suradhara, the craft could fly “to great distances” and were “propelled by air”. The text devotes over 200 stanzas to building plans. As to propulsion, “four strong mercury containers must be built into the ...

Author: Geoffrey Brooks

Publisher: Casemate Publishers

ISBN: 1783379332

Category: History

Page: 224

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This is the story of the Terror Weapons developed by Hitler and Nazi Germany that were intended to be unleashed with devastating effect on the rest of the World. The book charts the development of the V rockets and their successes against allied targets. It then goes on to look at the even more sinister deadly weapons that Hitler was planning and developing, but fortunately did not succeed in producing. Hitler's Terror Weapons tells of the desperate efforts of the Nazis to produce war-winning weapons, and the measures taken by the Allies at the high levels to frustrate them in their aim.

Hitler s Lost State

... of 26–27 August 1944 the inhabitants of Königsberg were taken by surprise and confronted with the terror of the air war. The air raid sirens howled. The night sky over the East Prussian capital was suddenly as bright as daylight.

Author: Tim Heath

Publisher: Pen and Sword Military

ISBN: 1526756137

Category: History

Page: 192

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Seen as an agricultural utopia within Hitler’s Germany, it is often the view that both East and West Prussia had remained relatively untouched during the Second World War. Yet the violence, prejudice and murder associated with the National Socialist regime that brought most of Europe to ruin were widespread throughout Prussia during its brief existence. When the MV Wilhelm Gustloff was sunk by a Russian submarine just after 9pm on 30 January 1945, 9,343 passengers - 5,000 of them children - would perish. It was the worst loss of life in maritime history, six times greater than that of the RMS Titanic. Launched by Adolf Hitler on 5 May 1937 and the KdF (Kraft durch Freude = Strength through Joy) as a recreational and propaganda tool, the MV Wilhelm Gustloff would suffer the same fate as the nation it once represented. Yet 75 years later, her tragic story is still unknown to many. Combining existing material and new findings, this book tells the story of Prussia’s rise and fall as a military power, the attempts by brave civilians as well as military personnel determined to overturn the evil regime they had made an oath to serve and the desperate evacuation of refugees to the West in one of the greatest exodus ever seen, told by those who were there.

The German Aces Speak

Also Jablonski, Terror from the Sky, 146. Many rumors persisted as to what Hess's actual intentions were. Colin Heaton's interviews with certain insiders, such as Hitler's personal pilot, Generalleutnant Hans Bour, provide interesting ...

Author: Colin D. Heaton

Publisher: Zenith Press

ISBN: 1610597486

Category: History

Page: 368

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DIVDIVFor the first time, four German WWII pilots share their side of the story./divDIV /divDIVFew perspectives epitomize the sheer drama and sacrifice of combat more perfectly than those of the fighter pilots of World War II. As romanticized as any soldier in history, the WWII fighter pilot was viewed as larger than life: a dashing soul waging war amongst the clouds. In the sixty-five-plus years since the Allied victory, stories of these pilots’ heroics have never been in short supply. But what about their adversaries—the highly skilled German aviators who pushed the Allies to the very brink of defeat?/divDIV /divDIVOf all of the Luftwaffe’s fighter aces, the stories of Walter Krupinski, Adolf Galland, Eduard Neumann, and Wolfgang Falck shine particularly bright. In The German Aces Speak, for the first time in any book, these four prominent and influential Luftwaffe fighter pilots reminisce candidly about their service in World War II. Personally interviewed by author and military historian Colin Heaton, they bring the past to life as they tell their stories about the war, their battles, their lives, and, perhaps most importantly, how they felt about serving under the Nazi leadership of Hermann Göring and Adolf Hitler. From thrilling air battles to conflicts on the ground with their own commanders, the aces’ memories disclose a side of World War II that has gone largely unseen by the American public: the experience of the German pilot./div/div

The Nazi Rocketeers

The forward end of the pulse - jet had spring - mounted horizontal flaps that alternately opened to let air into the ... A - 4 dropped terror from the sky unannounced , faster than the speed of sound ; there was no defense against it .

Author: Dennis Piszkiewicz

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 9780811733878

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 276

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Describes how Hermann Oberth, Wernher von Braun, and their colleagues progressed, from the innocent dream of the V-2 ballistic missile, to the transfer of their technological legacy to the Americans.

Hitler s Final Fortress

Now hundreds are looking up to sky – Landsers and civilians. They stop walking, look up in disbelief at this strange sight, until from somewhere there's the shrill cry of terror: “Paratroopers, red paratroopers!

Author: Richard Hargreaves

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 0811715515

Category: History

Page: 321

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In early 1945, the Red Army plunged into the Third Reich from the east, rolling up territory and crushing virtually everything in its path, with one exception: the city of Breslau, which Hitler had declared a fortress-city, to be defended to the death. This book examines in detail the notorious four-month siege of Breslau. • The first full-length English-language account of the bloody siege • Chronicles the bitter struggle as the Red Army encircled Breslau and eventually pillaged the city, taking savage retribution on the survivors • Details the brutal methods used by the city's Nazi leaders to keep German troops fighting and maintain order

Of Arms and Men

John Strawson, Hitler as a Military Commander (London: 1971), 61. ... Bailey, Air War in Europe, 22; Bernard Fitzsimons, ed., Warplanes and Air Battles of World War II (London: 1973), see British bomber ... 1, Terror from the Sky, 40.

Author: Robert L. O'Connell

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198022046

Category: History

Page: 384

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The appearance of the crossbow on the European battle field in A.D. 1100 as the weapon of choice for shooting down knights threatened the status quo of medieval chivalric fighting techniques. By 1139 the Church had intervened, outlawing the use of the crossbow among Christians. With this edict, arms control was born. As Robert L. O'Connell reveals in this vividly written history of weapons in Western culture, that first attempt at an arms control measure characterizes the complex and often paradoxical relationship between men and arms throughout the centuries. In a sweeping narrative that ranges from prehistoric times to the nuclear age, O'Connell demonstrates how social and economic conditions determine the types of weapons and the tactics used in warfare and how, in turn, innovations in weapons technology often undercut social values. He describes, for instance, how the invention of the gun required a redefinition of courage from aggressive ferocity to calmness under fire; and how the machine gun in World War I so overthrew traditional notions of combat that Lord Kitchener exclaimed, "This isn't war!" The technology unleashed during the Great War radically altered our perceptions of ourselves, as these new weapons made human qualities almost irrelevant in combat. With the invention of the atomic bomb, humanity itself became subservient to the weapons it had produced. Of Arms and Men brilliantly integrates the evolution of politics, weapons, strategy, and tactics into a coherent narrative, one spiced with striking portraits of men in combat and penetrating insights into why men go to war.