Some folks claim that strategic bombing of Germany was not really all that effective because war product actually increased in 1944, after many months of heavy bombing. What these folks fail to realize was that Hitler was very reluctant to fully mobilization German industry, for political reasons, for war until mid 1944. Once that excess capacity was used up by the strategic bombing campaign, especial bombing of the oil refining industry, the bottom fell out of Hitler’s war machine.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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