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  • For much of the war, Bomber Command was the only direct way of taking the fight to the enemy.

  • The Allies were under great pressure by the Soviets to invade occupied Europe and create a second front. The efforts and successes of Bomber Command made it possible to resist these pressures until a successful invasion was much more likely.

  • The enemy's industrial capacity was significantly reduced.

  • The Dambuster Raid raised the morale of Allies.

  • The destruction of the enemy's railway network contributed to the success of "D-Day."

  • Nazi V-2 missile development was delayed significantly.

  • Air-dropped mines denied the enemy the use of much of the Baltic Sea.

  • U-Boat construction and maintenance facilities were destroyed.

  • The Battleship Tirpitz and five other major warships were destroyed.

  •              The Mohne Dam, breached by The Dambusters.

                     Mine being dropped into enemy water.

    "The bomber offensive paved the way, through the destruction of the enemy air defences, oil resources, and transportation networks, for a successful invasion of Germany through Northwest Europe in 1944."

        -David Bashow

    "The massive achievements of Bomber Command will long be remembered as an example of duty nobly done."

        -Winston Churchill

    "The real importance of the air war was that it opened a second front long before the invasion of Europe. That front was the skies over Germany... The unpredictability of the attacks made the front gigantic...... As far as I can judge from the accounts I have read, this was the greatest lost battle on the German side."

        -Albert Speer, Hitler's Minister for Armaments

    "Nearly 900,000 men were required to run the anti-aircraft defences by 1944. By then, the defence of the Reich demanded 81% of Germany's fighter aircraft resources and nearly 60,000 pieces of artillery that could have otherwise greatly aided their land forces."

        -David Bashow

    Industrial factory at Essen destroyed by a Bomber Command Raid.

    "Defence against air attacks required the production of thousands of anti aircraft guns, the stockpiling of tremendous quantities of ammunition all over the country, and holding in readiness hundreds of thousands of soldiers"

        -Albert Speer, Hitler's Minister for Armaments

    A Nazi airfield put out of action.

    Synthetic Oil Plant at Boehlen destroyed.

    Capsized German battleship Tirpitz being salvaged after the war.

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