Author: Ralph Barker
The Thousand Plane Raid: the Story of the First Massive Air Raid-1000 Bombers Against the City of Cologne
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This is the story of a momentous and dramatic turning point in the history of World War II. At a time when bombing attacks rarely included more than 100 planes — with heavy losses and negligible damage to the enemy—few men believed that air power could ever be a massive striking force, and pressure was on Churchill to use bombers piecemeal in support of land and sea campaigns. Against this background, the R. A. F. Bomber Command launched the greatest single raid yet seen—1,046 bombers. The target was the German city of Cologne— and the stakes were all or nothing !