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Battles and Operations of World War II Involving Germany: Continuation War, North African Campaign, Defence of the Reich, Siege of Malta

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Published September 1st 2011
ISBN : 9781157625155
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110 pages
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 108. Chapters: Continuation War, North African Campaign, Defence of the Reich, Siege of Malta, Allied invasion ofMorePlease note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 108. Chapters: Continuation War, North African Campaign, Defence of the Reich, Siege of Malta, Allied invasion of Sicily, Siege of Sevastopol, Siege of Tobruk, Siege of Leningrad, Operation Varsity, Effect of the Siege of Leningrad on the city, German occupation of Czechoslovakia, Siege of Budapest, Spring 1945 offensive in Italy, Prague uprising, Slovak National Uprising, Siege of Dunkirk, Georgian Uprising of Texel, Siege of Breslau. Excerpt: The Defence of the Reich is the name given to the strategic defensive aerial campaign fought by the Luftwaffe over German occupied Europe and Germany itself during World War II. Its aim was to prevent the destruction of German military and civil industries by the Western Allies. The day and night air battles over Germany during war involved thousands of aircraft, units and aerial engagements to counter the Allied strategic bombing campaign. The campaign was one of the longest sustained in the history of aerial warfare. Along with the Battle of the Atlantic, and Allied blockade of Germany, it was the longest campaign during 1939-1945. The Luftwaffes fighter force (Jagdwaffe), defended the airspace of German occupied territory against attack, first by RAF Bomber Command, and then Bomber Command and the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). In the early years, the Luftwaffe was able to inflict a string of defeats on Allied strategic air forces. In 1939, RAF Bomber Command was forced to operate at night as casualties to unescorted heavy bombers became too heavy. In 1943, the USAAF suffered several reverses in daylight and called off the offensive over Germany in October that year. The British built up their bomber force, introduced navigational aids and tactics such as the bomber stream that enabled them to mount larger and larger attacks with an acceptable loss rate. In February 1944, the US...