Pointblank Directive: Three Generals and the Untold Story of the Daring Plan That Saved D-Day L. Douglas Keeney

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Pointblank Directive: Three Generals and the Untold Story of the Daring Plan That Saved D-Day by L. Douglas Keeney
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Where was the Luftwaffe on D-Day? Historians have debated that question for six decades, but in 2010 a formerly classified World War II D-Day history was restored, and in it were a new set of answers. Pointblank is the result of extensive newMoreWhere was the Luftwaffe on D-Day? Historians have debated that question for six decades, but in 2010 a formerly classified World War II D-Day history was restored, and in it were a new set of answers.

Pointblank is the result of extensive new research using that newly restored history to create a richly textured portrait of air power and leadership, and perhaps the last untold story of D-Day: Three uniquely talented men and why, on the single most important day to the survival of the Third Reich, the German Air Force was unable to mount a single effective combat mission against the invasion forces.After a year of unremarkable bombing against Germany aircraft industry, and with just five months to go until D-Day, General Henry H. Hap Arnold, commander of the United States Army Air Forces placed his lifelong friend General Carl A.

Tooey Spaatz in command of the strategic bombing forces in Europe and gave his protege, General James Jimmy Doolittle command of the Eighth Air Force in England. For these fellow aviation pioneers and air war strategists, he had but one set of orders: Sweep the skies clean of the Luftwaffe by June 1944.

Spaatz and Doolittle couldnt do that, but they could do what Arnold really wanted: Clear the skies sufficiently to gain air superiority over the D-Day beaches. The plan was called Pointblank. In Pointblank, L. Douglass Keeney carefully reconstructs the events in the air war that led up to D-Day while painting an in-depth portrait of the lives and times of these aviation pioneers.



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