Death from the Heavens

A History of Strategic Bombing
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Binding:Hardback
Published:July 1, 2009
By Kenneth P. Werrell (Author)

While other books have addressed various aspects of the subject, such as specific aircraft or warfare in specific wars, this book is the first to take a comprehensive look at strategic bombing from its beginnings to the present. Written by a historian, who is also an expert on the technology of bombing and its application, the work covers the theory, hardware, and operations of strategic bombing. While the author, a former U.S. Death from the Heavens is a survey of strategic bombardment from its beginnings to date. It covers the theory, hardware, and operations of this specialized type of warfare. It is based on both primary and secondary sources and is aimed at the general reader who has an interest in aviation or military history. While by necessity primarily focused on American activities, it puts these into a larger context and does include activities of foreign countries, primarily the British, Germans, and Russians. And while the book is dominated by aircraft, it does cover both air-to-surface and surface-to-surface missiles. It covers the topic in terms of chronology, nationality, actual operations, and technology.Finally, this is more than a narrative, containing both analysis and criticisms and concludes by calling into question the value of strategic bombardment.

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Product Details
  • Subject: Strategy, Tactics, Operations
  • Hardback : 352 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (July 1, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1591149401
  • ISBN-13: 9781591149408
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 X 10.75 in
  • Shipping Weight: 0 lb

KENNETH P. WERRELL graduated in the second class of the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1960 and went on to pilot a weather reconnaissance aircraft flying into 44 Pacific typhoons and observing the last above-ground nuclear test. After leaving the service in 1965, he attended Duke University earning a MA and PhD in history. He lives in Christiansburg, Virginia.

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