The Fire: The Bombing of Germany, 1940-1945

For five years during the Second World War, the Allies launched a trial and error bombing campaign against Germany s historical city landscape Peaking in the war s final three months, it was the first air attack of its kind Civilian dwellings were struck by in today s terms weapons of mass destruction, with a total of 600,000 casualties, including 70,000 children.In ThFor five years during the Second World War, the Allies launched a trial and error bombing campaign against Germany s historical city landscape Peaking in the war s final three months, it was the first air attack of its kind Civilian dwellings were struck by in today s terms weapons of mass destruction, with a total of 600,000 casualties, including 70,000 children.In The Fire, historian Jorg Friedrich explores this crucial chapter in military and world history Combining meticulous research with striking illustrations, Friedrich presents a vivid account of the saturation bombing, rendering in acute detail the annihilation of cities such as Dresden, the jewel of Germany s rich art and architectural heritage He incorporates the personal stories and firsthand testimony of German civilians into his narrative, creating a macabre portrait of unimaginable suffering, horror, and grief, and he draws on official military documents to unravel the reasoning behind the strikes.Evolving military technologies made the extermination of whole cities possible, but owing, perhaps, to the Allied victory and what W G Sebald noted as a pre conscious self censorship, a way of obscuring a world that could no longer be presented in comprehensible terms, the wisdom of this strategy has never been questioned The Fire is a rare account of the air raids as they were experienced by the civilians who were their targets.
The Fire The Bombing of Germany For five years during the Second World War the Allies launched a trial and error bombing campaign against Germany s historical city landscape Peaking in the war s final three months it was the first

  • Title: The Fire: The Bombing of Germany, 1940-1945
  • Author: Jörg Friedrich Allison Brown
  • ISBN: 9780231133807
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. “Fire…We’re going to put him in it. That’s saying, friends, that we’re going to put fire around him, all around him. We’re going to put it over him and underneath him. We’re going to bring it down on him and on to him. We’re going to put it in his eyes and up his asshole… and in his baby’s diaper. We’re going to put it in his pockets, where he can’t get rid of it…- the opening lines of James Dickey’s To the White Sea Before the rubble had even stopped bouncing at the [...]

    2. I read "Der Brand" as research for a short story I'm planning to write. I tried to read this years ago, but was getting too emotionally involved (my family on my father's side is from around Dresden, other parts of my family are from around Essen - both cities that were put on the pyre of "moral bombing"). When I tried this again, it was still rough and I struggled. Could do about 20-30 pages per day and needed a break. Having empathy and imagination can be a problem. That said, it's a tour de f [...]

    3. My friend from Frankurt cried during "Der Untergang". She had seen movies of her home town undergoing similar destruction. This book taught me to understand, even if it could use more Frankfurt.A gripping look at the effects of the Allied bombing campaign on the cities of Germany. There is no strategic map spread afar over Bomber Command's table. The beat is neither the drone of the B-29 or the hungry rattle of the Flak towers. The sound are the cries of carnage and a lithany of architectural le [...]

    4. I cannot recommend this book for the general reader, except perhaps as a reference on anything and everything about the air war over Germany in World War II. The work is, as one critic of the book claimed, “An encyclopedia of pain” (p. 486). For the specialist, on the other hand, the book is essential reading. Written by a German historian and translated into English by Allison Brown, the book provides compelling and exhaustive evidence about the Allied air war against Germany. Friedrich’s [...]

    5. I am of two minds about this book. On the one hand, it is Friedrich's great achievement to present to the general public a detailed account of the US/UK bombing campaign against German (and some other west European) cities. Friedrich, who is completely unsuspected of being a revisionist historian, tells of a crime that nobody - not in Germany, not in England or in America - ever really wanted to talk about in the face of the much greater crimes committed by Nazi Germany. So thumbs up to the auth [...]

    6. I read this book upon my German father's recommendation. It was not an easy read as a first-born American daughter of German immigrants who lived through World War II as children.It changed my entire opinion of the Americans and British being the "good guys" of WWII. The complete devastation of most of Germany's city/town centers and the targeting of civilian populations horrified me. (A lot of effort was invested in figuring out how to create the perfect fire storm which would destroy the close [...]

    7. This is a necessary book. I was surprised on reading Sebald's book about the air war that German post-war writers had singularly failed to address it.This is an unemotional and objective account of the systematic destruction by fire and high explosive of a thousand years of German culture, which took 600,000 lives in the process. 70,000 of whom were children, and destroyed every German city of any size and some that were mere towns of no consequence, other than that they housed German civilians. [...]

    8. I don't remember the last time it took me this long to get through a book, but this was one that I could only digest in 15-minute doses on the way to/from work. It doesn't make for the best nighttime reading material.Thoroughly researched and thoroughly exhausting to read, "Der Brand" ("The Fire") is about as detailed an account as you can probably find on the bombing of Germany during World War II.Friedrich gives what I found to be a very neutral, matter-of-fact 600 pages on the subject matter. [...]

    9. This was worth reading, but it was not an easy read. Not because the subject matter is gruesome (there's relatively little in the way of gory details), but because of the quirky, see-saw way in which the narrative is structured. Another serious look from the editors could yield a book about 150 pages shorter and much more readable.That aside, this gives an extraordinary look into what exactly happened in the WWII bombing regime against Germany. An informative historical read.

    10. A punishing book to read, but it was well worth it.This gives a look at the air war against Germany from a perspective most Enlgish-speaking readers haven't encountered: that of the German civilian. It is a very angry book (but in a controlled way) and while the organization seems a bit unusual, I found it an interesting choice, as if we were getting the experience of an air raid survivor, with things being repressed and then breaking out at a later time.I think the translation from the German c [...]

    11. This book by Joerg Friedrich is now available in English. You will have to read it in small doses, as it shows the horrible toll on civilian life that the air raids over Germany during World War II caused. The author does not apologize for the crimes of the Third Reich; rather, he shows the often forgotten suffering of the civilian population, and how men such as "Bomber" Harris planned revenge raids on cities like Dresden. A controversial and interesting look at World War II from the other side [...]

    12. This intriguing work takes the reader into the science and engineering of fire's destructive force with the German bombing campaign during WWII. Long and widely known are the human cost and cultural damage of the fires of Germany, but this book details the how and process of that destruction. Very interesting work fairly recently translated from German.

    13. La historia la escriben los vencedores, es un tópico pero no por eso deja de ser una verdad. En El Incendio, se cuenta la guerra de bombardeos que los aliados (fundamentalmente EE.UU. y el Reino Unido) libraron contra la Alemania de Hitler entre 1940 y 1945, pero desde el punto de vista de los civiles alemanes que la sufrieron. Es una historia triste, épica y desgarradora, que merece figurar en los anales más negros de la historia. En cada página del libro flota la misma pregunta, una y otra [...]

    14. A minutely-detailed survey of the Allied bombing of Germany. Some passages are gripping, others are impossibly boring and repetitive (see the 'Land' chapter). The overall intention is the reconstruct the catastrophe of civilian bombing, from strategic draft boards in England in 1940 to the psyche of the ordinary citizen in small German towns in 1945. Not surprisingly, Friedrich is deliberately inflammatory, blending vocabulary culled from Holocaust scholarship with first-person recollection of t [...]

    15. Harsh and unremitting, a must if have read Slaughterhouse 5 and sympathize with Vonnegut's argument that, well, allied bombing of German cities was at best disingenuous, and at worst, simply another category of evil during that time.

    16. Very detailed account, from many perspectives, of Allied fire-bombing of Germany. A fascinating, eloquent narrative. Defeating Hitler obviously was a good thing, but 70,000 children died in the bombings: so was that a war atrocity? and was it justified?

    17. Excruciatingly detailed horror story of the Allied bombing of Germany in the Second World War. Reading that is hard to stomach, but chock full of insight

    18. Sobering, matter-of-fact account of the increasingly efficient firebombing of German cities during WWII. The German author refrains from moralizing and focuses on straight reporting, and the effect is more profound than direct commentary.

    19. Jörg Friedrichin "Suuri palo: liittoutuneiden pommitukset Saksassa 1940-1945" (Ajatus, 2005) käsittelee Englannin ja Yhdysvaltain ilma-armeijoiden suorittamia pommituksia toisen maailmansodan aikana. Ilmestyessään kirja herätti ristiriitaisia tunteita, sillä arvokkaasta aiheestaan huolimatta saksalaisen siviiliväestön kärsimykset ovat olleet pitkään jonkinlainen tabu historiankirjoituksessa.Friedrich kuvaa kirjassaan käsittämättömiin suhteisiin kasvaneita pommituksia, jotka tappoi [...]

    20. Although I think this was an important and likely unique contribution to the history of the war, it ultimately undermines itself. It's academically sloppy like Hitler's Willing Executioners in its approach to social history, which is perhaps the most unfortunate lapse. So much social history from the German side of the war is forever lost because historians did not do the work. For all its lamentation of the suffering of Germans, it's far more concerned with the loss of art, culture and architec [...]

    21. Friedrich has hit upon a bold and necessary theme: reminding us that war's edge cuts both ways. Every single account of aerial raids I have read up to now has been concerned with the German blitz of London. Here, the civilian population of Germany is given its own elegy, long overdue and sorely needed. The concept is new and very important. As a history, this book is rather less impressive. The record is distorted by sporadic ruminations on the philosophical nature of bomb warfare as such, and w [...]

    22. This book examine the past and how war can turn good man into monster, even when we want to see them as hero, the truth is much darker and deeper it a place where 170,000 German children have to pay the price for an tyrannous government without ever knowing the word Nazi even means. It a place that fueled the passion for Germans to pay the ultimate price in human life,The pivotal lesson we all can take from this book is that when men fight for something they belief is to be right and without an [...]

    23. It made me realise that talking about the damage of invading countries was considered to be taboo for long time. Reading through this book, I thought war itself is evil because it causes huge loss for all humankind.

    24. la Segunda Guerra siempre será un tema de estudió y lectura apasionante. Y más desde el punto de vista alemán, siempre se habla del bombardeo en Londres en el 40 y sobre las V1 y los V2 pero nunca sobre la destrucción sistemática que sufrieron los civiles alemanes.

    25. Inadvertent companion volume to Fire and Fury, the WWII bombing of Germany as written in German by a German historian, relying primarily on German-collected oral histories.

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