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1. James Perry <firstname.lastname@example.org> 2. Joe Cleere <email@example.com> 3. "Miller, Roger Dr AF/HOH" <Roger.Miller@pentagon.af.mil> 4. "Kuehn, John Dr CIV USA TRADOC" <firstname.lastname@example.org> 5. jim Dingeman <email@example.com> 6. Mike Yared <firstname.lastname@example.org> 7. "Rein, Christopher Michael" <email@example.com> -----Message from: James Perry <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- Jonathan Beard asks what is the best history of the USAAF Bomber Offensive in Europe published within the last 15 years. I think Alan Levine's The Strategic Bombing of Germany is excellent, even though it's 18 years old now (and covers the RAF as well as the USAAF). James Perry <email@example.com> -----Message from: Joe Cleere <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- Although dated, the official Air Force operational history, by Wesley Frank Craven and James Lea Cate, eds., The Army Air Forces in World War II, Washington D.C.: Office of Air Force History, 1983 (reprint) in seven volumes, is still a very good source. Volumes 2 and 3 deal specifically with operations in Europe and were originally published in 1949 and 1951 respectively. Joe Cleere RBD Library Auburn University Joe Cleere <email@example.com> -----Message from: "Miller, Roger Dr AF/HOH" <Roger.Miller@pentagon.af.mil>----- Hi Gang, I am not authority on strategic bombardment during WW II and don't know Donald L. Miller, "Masters of the Air," so can't comment on whether it is popular history or not. The book is apparently about Eighth Air Force and the blurbs online do not seem to indicate anything original in interpretations or conclusions. I can't imagine what it adds that isn't in the revised edition of Roger Freeman's "Mighty Eighth." I highly recommend Richard G. Davis, "Carl A. Spaatz and the Air War in Europe" (Washington, D.C.: Center for Air Force History, 1993). It is getting a bit older now and focuses on events from one man's point of view, but is highly interpretive, detailed analysis of the Combined Bomber Offensive based on authoritative research in primary documents. Roger G. Miller, Ph.D., YA-03 Deputy Director Air Force Historical Studies Office Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C. "Miller, Roger Dr AF/HOH" <Roger.Miller@pentagon.af.mil> -----Message from: "Kuehn, John Dr CIV USA TRADOC" <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- Miller does write popular history. I reviewed his _D-Days in the Pacific_ for Naval Institute a few years back. That said, he writes it well and knows how to engage his readers and keep their interest. Occasionally his first person block quotations go awry and hijack the larger narrative, but for the most part his first person stuff is well edited and placed. Having co-written a similar popular history myself (Eyewitness Pacific Theater), this is in no way intended as a criticism of popular history. I think it behooves us all to attempt to write popular history. Besides, it pays pretty well. Vr, john John T. Kuehn, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Military History Curriculum Developer Department of Military History U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth, KS "Kuehn, John Dr CIV USA TRADOC" <email@example.com> -----Message from: jim Dingeman <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- Look at Randall Hansen's book also...FIRE AND FURY..a great read as well as MASTERS OF THE AIR. Jim Dingeman jim Dingeman <email@example.com> -----Message from: Mike Yared <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- How about reports? from http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/search/tr/str/guided-tr.htmlTitle: Schweinfurt Raids and the Pause in Daylight Strategic Bombing AD Number: ADA482986 Corporate Author: ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS Personal Author:Grabow, Greg A Report Date: June 13, 2008 Media: 96 page(s) Title: Knockout Blow? The Army Air Force's Operations Against Ploesti and Balikpapan AD Number: ADA477018 Corporate Author: AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIR AND SPACE STUDIES Personal Author: Bunnell, John G Report Date: June 01, 2005 Media: 118 page(s) Title: The Invincible Bomber: Perspectives on the Recognition and Prevention of Airpower Crisis AD Number: ADA477072 Corporate Author: AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIR AND SPACE STUDIES Personal Author: Hunsaker, Kirk W Report Date: June 01, 2005 Media: 82 page(s) Title: No Quarter Given: The Change in Strategic Bombing Application in the Pacific Theater During World War II AD Number: ADA406554 Corporate Author: ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS Personal Author:Curatola, John M Report Date: May 31, 2002 Media: 127 page(s) Title: Eighth Air Force Bombing 20-25 February 1944: How Logistics Enabled Big Week To Be Big AD Number: ADA425032 Corporate Author: AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL Personal Author: Sutterfield, Jon M Report Date: April 01, 2000 Media: 53 page(s) Title: Air Leadership in Joint/Combined Operations: LT. General George E. Stratemeyer of the Eastern Air Command, 1943-1945 AD Number: ADA391810 Corporate Author: AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIRPOWER STUDIES Personal Author:Cain, Gregory M Report Date: June 01, 1999 Media: 93 page(s) Air Force Magazine (AFA) have several articles on the USAAF over the last several years. andRANDDaylight Raids by the U.S. Eighth Air Force: Lessons Learned and Lingering Myths from World War II at http://www.rand.org/pubs/papers/P7917/ Mike Yared <email@example.com> -----Message from: "Rein, Christopher Michael" <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- I was assigned "Masters of the Air" in the core graduate military history course at the Univ. of Kansas last year. Based on the press, I too suspected that it would be aimed more towards a popular audience. But Miller has produced a deeply researched and comprehensive work that I would place alongside the best of recent scholarship on strategic bombing (including Crane, Davis-Biddle, Gentile and Ehlers, among others) that is also very readable and engaging. He covers virtually every aspect of the Combined Bomber Offensive, all the way down to the treatment of interned airmen in Switzerland. I would not hesitate to assign it in any academic course on air combat. At the time I was surprised that Miller's work had not received any attention from the historical community at large (no reviews in JAH or even JMH!) Hopefully that will change. Chris Rein PhD Candidate University of Kansas "Rein, Christopher Michael" <email@example.com> ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----