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WWII Strategic Bombing

• arclein

The campaign was a stunning success and vital for the victory in 1945, if not at all. See, while it is true the bombings were counterproductive in changing the opinion of German citizens, and it is also true the drops in industrial output were marginal, the bombing campaign did force Germany to expend enormous resources in defending against bombers. By 1943 the effect was decisive, the bombing campaign drew most of Luftwaffe away from Eastern Front into Germany, to defend German skies from bombers. Some 75% or artillery shells produced of large caliber (75 mm or greater) was AA shells, mainly to defend German cities from enemy attack.