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Under the bombs : the German home front, 1942-1945 / Earl R. Beck.

By: Beck, Earl R. (Earl Ray), 1916-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c1986Description: xi, 252 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0813115671; 9780813115672.Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Germany | World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations | Bombing, Aerial -- Germany | Germany -- History -- 1933-1945 | World War, 1939-1945 -- Destruction and pillage -- Germany | Geschichte 1942-1945Additional physical formats: Online version:: Under the bombs.DDC classification: 940.54/4943 LOC classification: D757 | .B42 1986Other classification: 15.24
Contents:
The End of Optimism: January-August 1942 The Last (Somewhat) Merry Christmas: August-December 1942 Stalingrad and All-Out Warfare: January-April 1943 Bombing Achieves Holocaust: May-August 1943 A Joyless Victory: September-December 1943 Life Goes On: January-April 1944 The Bombs Still Fall: May-September 1944 Germany's Darkest Winter: September-December 1944 The End Comes--With Death and Terror: January-May 1945 Postscript: Forty Years Later--In Retrospect
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [201]-240) and index.

1. The End of Optimism: January-August 1942 1 -- 2. The Last (Somewhat) Merry Christmas: August-December 1942 18 -- 3. Stalingrad and All-Out Warfare: January-April 1943 33 -- 4. Bombing Achieves Holocaust: May-August 1943 57 -- 5. A Joyless Victory: September-December 1943 83 -- 6. Life Goes On: January-April 1944 106 -- 7. The Bombs Still Fall: May-September 1944 129 -- 8. Germany's Darkest Winter: September-December 1944 151 -- 9. The End Comes--With Death and Terror: January-May 1945 172 -- Postscript: Forty Years Later--In Retrospect 198.

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Library Journal Review

Beck's latest and considerable volume is an easily accessible ``impressionistic description'' of life in Germany under Allied aerial bombardment. Beck mines the reports of the Nazi Security Service (SD), local and regional party, police, and school officials, a handful of graph ic memoirs by simple citizens, and the vast secondary literature. In each chap ter, covering a four- or five-month peri od, Beck first provides an overview of the major bombing raids and their mate rial and human damage; he then out lines the efforts of the party and state to repair or ameliorate the devastation and to maintain control of the increas ingly disillusioned populace. Each chapter then describes how Germans reacted to the air war and attempted to survive. Though there is some unneces sary repetition due to the book's organ ization, this evocative study captures the horror of war for a trapped popula tion. Recommended for larger public li braries and World War II collections. James B. Street, Santa Cruz P.L., Cal. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

As its author says, this is ``an impressionistic view'' of Germany at war, based on records of the Nazi police, other party and governmental agencies, memoirs, and newspaper files. The book is at its best when showing the sacrifices and determination of average Germans in the face of Allied saturation bombing of population centers. Beck includes a well-chosen selection of German war humor and anecdotes. Although there is little analysis, it is evident here, as in many other works, that bombing was a less effective military strategy than expected. Perhaps a bit too moralistic in tone, this book is nevertheless a very readable introduction to the destructive consequences of total war. General and undergraduate readership.-J.D. Fraley, Birmingham-Southern College

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