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La Germania bombardata : La popolazione tedesca sotto gli attacchi alleati… (original 2002; edition 2002)

by Jörg Friedrich

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Title:La Germania bombardata : La popolazione tedesca sotto gli attacchi alleati : 1940-1945
Authors:Jörg Friedrich
Info:Mondadori (2004), Hardcover, 519 pages
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Tags:history, WWII, history / WWII, Finished

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The Fire: The Bombing of Germany, 1940-1945 by Jörg Friedrich (2002)

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Exhaustive and vivid. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
Bombing raids in Germany during 1940-1945.
  dankhaus | May 4, 2013 |
The amount of information compiled by the author is both the main strentgh and the biggest flaw of the book.

In one hand the thorough review of the facts brings light over every detail from the reactions of the german populace, to the material damage inflected by the bombs to the war effort, the defensive systems, all the books and art works lost ... but sometimes the book becomes nothing more than a listing, for example, of numbers of houses burnt in the different cities and becomes really boring losing its touching side in the process. ( )
1 vote emed0s | Feb 23, 2008 |
_Der Brand_ starts out with an interesting, vivid, even gripping description of the effects of allied bombings in Germany. But very soon, the book becomes repetitive: Friedrich gives a city-by-city account of the damage, which just *wasn't all that different* in different cities; and at some point after the 30th or 40th city, I put the book away. ( )
  MJSchuelke | Jun 17, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0231133804, Hardcover)

For five years during the Second World War, the Allies launched a trial and error bombing campaign against Germany's historical city landscape. Peaking in the war's final three months, it was the first air attack of its kind. Civilian dwellings were struck by-in today's terms-"weapons of mass destruction," with a total of 600,000 casualties, including 70,000 children.

In The Fire, historian Jörg Friedrich explores this crucial chapter in military and world history. Combining meticulous research with striking illustrations, Friedrich presents a vivid account of the saturation bombing, rendering in acute detail the annihilation of cities such as Dresden, the jewel of Germany's rich art and architectural heritage. He incorporates the personal stories and firsthand testimony of German civilians into his narrative, creating a macabre portrait of unimaginable suffering, horror, and grief, and he draws on official military documents to unravel the reasoning behind the strikes.

Evolving military technologies made the extermination of whole cities possible, but owing, perhaps, to the Allied victory and what W. G. Sebald noted as "a pre-conscious self-censorship, a way of obscuring a world that could no longer be presented in comprehensible terms," the wisdom of this strategy has never been questioned. The Fire is a rare account of the air raids as they were experienced by the civilians who were their targets.

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"For five years during the Second World War, the Allies launched a trial and error bombing campaign against Germany's historical city landscape. Peaking in the war's final three months, it was the first air attack of its kind. Civilian dwellings were struck by - in today's terms - "weapons of mass destruction," with a total of 600,000 casualties, including 70,000 children." "In The Fire, historian Jorg Friedrich explores this crucial chapter in military and world history. Combining meticulous research with striking illustrations, Friedrich presents a vivid account of the saturation bombing, rendering in acute detail the annihilation of cities such as Dresden, the jewel of Germany's rich art and architectural heritage. He incorporates the personal stories and firsthand testimony of German civilians into his narrative, creating a portrait of unimaginable suffering, horror, and grief, and he draws on official military documents to unravel the reasoning behind the strikes."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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