Richard Overy Murders

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The Bombers and the Bombed by Richard Overy, is a recap of the allies to attempt to attack the axis powers and to cripple their logistic and economic divisions The book goes on to tell the different ways the British went on to set out their goals of stopping and crushing the Nazi power. He goes on to use primary sources from different places as reports by different agencies and firsthand account of pilots and civilians. Using different reports from different agencies shows us the actual results from the bombings and the attacks on Germany. Overy uses these sources to tell us exactly what the effect of bringing airplanes into the war actually did for the allies. With all the books out there about how the allies came in and wiped Adolf Hitler …show more content…
Overy has avoided making the book seem like a tale of victory behind the what seems to be a foolproof plan by the British. To just bomb indiscriminately on the German population to cause social unrest. The book does a good job to talk about the sinister and questionable themes by the British to even attack the civilian populations so in theory could lose trust in their own Government. Winston Churchill himself described the Nazi regime like the Huns conquering lands like savages. An average citizen cannot do anything to protect themselves from the bombs. They rely entirely on the government to make sure that there are proper defensive structures in place in order to keep them out of harm’s way. Failure of a government to protect their people would put their own citizens in a position to blame them entirely. One of the most disturbing themes in the book is the idea of a government willing to enforce a plan like this. If one were to be asked about the role of the British government in the war, most likely it would to answer for the tyrannical reign of the Nazi Empire. One would never assume that the British empire would engage in a plan for the indiscriminate bombing on civilian population. Overy, uses the chilling arguments to speak of the actual harrowing reason behind the allied bombings. Every not and then there …show more content…
The entire book was pretty much asking the question which one outweighed the other. Did the many unsuccessful and inaccurate bombings prove necessary in order to hit such few targets? The most controversial theme recurring in the book was the question of whether or not they had an impact on the war. Overy felt very strongly that the people who were in charge were waging a war that was sinking their own military instead of having any sort of effect on the enemy. With the constant manufacturing of the bombs and other airplanes being built, results of the bombings did not help the cause. the bombings also did not help the social unrest that was intended by Harris and the British government. Probably one of the biggest failures in the bombings Overy lists was the attempt to have the German people despise their own government. However, Overy says that it actually had the exact opposite results that they had hoped. Instead of the bringing the people against the government, they actually united and stood with their government. There were a number of government agencies whose tasks were to follow effects of the bombing war waged on Germany. they monitored the citizens of Germany and saw how what was actually happening. Because of the bombings people actually stood with the government raising their support. Overy mentions a German soldier who said that

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