Aerial bombing: Strategic bombing, Firebombing, Battle for Caen, Aerial bombing of cities, Area bombardment

 
9781156383766: Aerial bombing: Strategic bombing, Firebombing, Battle for Caen, Aerial bombing of cities, Area bombardment
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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: 35. Chapters: Strategic bombing, Firebombing, Battle for Caen, Aerial bombing of cities, Area bombardment, Aerial bombardment and international law, Armed helicopter, Casablanca directive, Toss bombing, Area bombing directive, Carpet bombing, Bomb damage assessment, Gaugefechtsstand Wien, High level bombing, Tactical bombing, Creepback, Laydown delivery. Excerpt: The Battle for Caen from June-August 1944 was a battle between Allied (primarily British and Canadian troops) and German forces during the Battle of Normandy. Originally, the Allies aimed to take the French city of Caen, one of the largest cities in Normandy, on D-Day. Caen was a vital objective for several reasons. Firstly, it lay astride the Orne River and Caen Canal; these two water obstacles could strengthen a German defensive position if not crossed. Secondly, Caen was a road hub; in German hands it would enable the enemy to shift forces rapidly. Thirdly, the area around Caen was relatively open, especially compared to the bocage country in the west of Normandy. This area was valued for airfield construction. On D-Day, Caen was an objective for the British 3rd Infantry Division and remained the focal point for a series of battles throughout June, July and into August. The old city of Caen-with many buildings dating back to the Middle Ages-was largely destroyed by Allied bombing and the fighting. The reconstruction of Caen lasted until 1962. Today, little of the pre-war city remains. Canadian reserve troops disembark at "Nan White" Beach at Bernières-sur-Mer.On 6 June 1944, Allied forces invaded France by launching Operation Neptune, the beach landing operation of Operation Overlord. A force of several thousand ships assaulted the beaches in Normandy, supported by approximately 3,000 aircraft. The D-Day landings were generally successful, but the Allied forces were u...

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