D-Day 1944: The deadly failure of Allied heavy bombing on June 6 (Air Campaign) (Paperback)

D-Day 1944: The deadly failure of Allied heavy bombing on June 6 (Air Campaign) By Stephen A. Bourque, Edouard A. Groult (Illustrator) Cover Image

D-Day 1944: The deadly failure of Allied heavy bombing on June 6 (Air Campaign) (Paperback)


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An illustrated study of the little-known history of the failed Allied bombing campaign designed to shatter German defenses on D-Day.

D-Day is one of the most written-about events in military history. One aspect of the invasion, however, continues to be ignored: the massive pre-assault bombardment by the Allied Expeditionary Air Force (AEAF), reinforced by RAF Bomber Command and the US Eighth Air Force on June 6 which sought to neutralize the German defenses along the Atlantic Wall. Unfortunately, this failed series of attacks resulted in death or injury to hundreds of soldiers, and killed many French civilians.

Despite an initial successful attack performed by the Allied forces, the most crucial phase of the operation, which was the assault from the Eighth Air Force against the defenses along the Calvados coast, was disastrous. The bombers missed almost all of their targets, inflicting little damage to the German defenses, which resulted in a high number of casualties among the Allied infantry. The primary cause of this failure is that planners at Eighth Air Force Headquarters changed the aircraft drop times at the last moment, to prevent casualties amongst the landing forces, without notifying either Eisenhower or Doolittle. The book examines this generally forgotten event in detail, answering several fundamental questions: What was the AEAF supposed to accomplish along the Atlantic Wall on D-Day and why did it not achieve its bombardment objectives?

Offering a new perspective on a little-known air campaign meant to support one of the most famous offensive actions of World War II, this volume is packed with illustrations, maps, and diagrams exploring in detail the features and the ramifications of this mission.

Stephen Bourque left the US Army in 1992 after 20 years and received his Ph.D. from Georgia State University. He taught European, American, and military history at several colleges and universities, including California State University-Northridge, Norwich University, and the US Army Command and General Staff College. His most recent book is Beyond the Beach, the Allied War Against France (2018). He lives in Kansas City, MO.

Edouard Groult grew up inspired by watching historical documentaries with his father and developed a fascination for historical and fantasy art. Following art studies in both Paris and Belgium he worked as a concept artist in the videogame industry and in recent years has also undertaken historical commissions while working as a freelancer for historical magazines. He lives and works in Oxford, UK.
Product Details ISBN: 9781472847232
ISBN-10: 1472847237
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: July 19th, 2022
Pages: 96
Language: English
Series: Air Campaign