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The Pointblank Directive: The Untold Story of the Daring Plan that Saved D-Day (General Military) Hardcover – December 18, 2012
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“A thoroughly satisfying read: informative and entertaining. What is always mind-boggling is the sacrifice made in any war. Pointblank Directive shows quite clearly what the airwar leading up to D-Day cost both sides of the conflict. More importantly, it fills a needed gap in knowledge of exactly how critical the proper air campaign can be in determining the ground conflict. Historians and students of World War II history alike will be well-served reading this book.” ―Bernie Chowdhury, author of The Last Dive: A Father and Son's Fatal Descent into the Ocean's Depths (Harper)
“The Pointblank Directive is a richly textured portrait of air power and leadership, possibly the last untold sotry of D-Day. Using extensive new research, Keeney carefully reconstructs the events that led up to the success of that battle.” ―Savannah Jones, www.sirreadalot.org
“I enjoyed this book immensely. It was fast-paced, exciting, filled with the untold yet in no way unglamorous adventures and perilous day-to-day existence of the United States Air Force ... This is one of the best historical books I have read.” ―The San Farncisco Book Review (April 16, 2013)
“...comes from a historian who considers the politics and personalities of The Pointblank Directive and how it become one of the most amazing military come-backs in history. By raid's end some forty percent of the Allied planes had been shot down. The story of how forces recovered from these heavy losses and flew to victory against impossible odds makes this a powerful account of strategic air command decision-making processes, battles, and close encounters, offering a fresh analysis of how The Pointblank Directive changed the world.” ―The Midwest Book Review (March 2013)
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From the beginning, the Author made an excuse as to why he wouldn't be using certain "facts" but generalizations instead. Turns out, there were ALOT of generalizations, and many stories that were more emotions than facts.
The worse part is that whenever he would reference a certain item, the reference material is something that is today considered outdated.
A couple of examples-
He talks about "Heinkel" Fighter planes and German Airborne Bombing of formations.. yet there were no such fighters and the airborne bombings were a trail operation by the Luftwaffe.
Just one of the many items I found incorrect in the book.
If you know nothing about WW2 and the Air War over Europe, maybe you'll find this book enjoyable. If you have even the faintest knowledge, you will probably finish with some serious questions and scratching your head.
If you are an Aviation/Military History Buff, you will be disappointed.
As early as the fall of 1938 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt could see the handwriting on the wall. On October 16th, FDR approved a secret plan that called for the production of 15000 war planes annually. This critical decision helped pave the way for the United States to enter the European Theater shortly after Pearl Harbor. There was no getting around it--this was going to be a long, drawn out, costly and extremely bloody affair. We learn that the Combined Bomber Offensive (CBO) aligned the operations of the British Royal Air Force with those of the United States Army Air Forces into a cohesive battle plan for an attack against various targets in Germany. However, as the summer of 1943 approached things were not going particularly well for the allied forces. Thus, a new strategy was devised at the highest levels and was dubbed "The Pointblank Directive". According to Mr.Read more ›
Led by Doolittle and Spaatz, the Eighth's B-17s and B-24s attacked such targets as Schweinfurt, Regensburg, Rheine, Munster, and others. These attacks, ever-increasing in size, were focused on destroying the vital components in the aircraft production process.
While the heavies were hitting the production facilities of the Luftwaffe, Quesada and his fighters were causing havoc of their own. Freed by Doolittle to roam ahead of the bombers to engage German planes, the P-51s, P-47s, and P-38s went about destroying German aircraft in the skies. Further, the American fighters began to strafe and dive bomb German targets of opportunity.
Operation Pointblank was a big success. When the D-Day invasion came in June, 1944, the Luftwaffe had been so decimated by the bombers and fighters of the Eighth that they were only able to mount token resistance. The skies over Normandy were safely in Allied hands.
"The Pointblank Directive" is a very good book. Written in a style that is easy to read, author L. Douglas Keeney has done a fine job in describing this important part of the European air war.Read more ›
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I found it very interesting and told many things that were unknown to me.it was good to see how many people were involvedPublished 1 month ago by Bill Baxter
Excellent indept look into the airwar prior to D-Day well worth the read!Published 5 months ago by Edward Pisarski
Well written and captivating back story to Operation Overlord and the prosecution of the air war in Europe!Published 5 months ago by Mark F.
This is one of the best books about WW2 I have ever read. Ambrose would be proud of this book.Published 7 months ago by Michael E. Mitchell
Fascinating and well researched story of how the Allies gain air superiority over the Nazis during the first six months of 1944--at a time when the Germans were producing the first... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jim Palmer
Easy to read. Moves along well. However, it helps if you have a little knowledge of the topic beforehand. Poor editing evident at times. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Myshkin87
Regardless if you are history buff or someone lacking in any military history knowledge whatsoever, is irrelevant. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ted J Barry
Easy read. The author has presented the material in an easy to understand means, that promotes the role of the 8th and 9th US airforces and stresses the importance of the generals. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Andrew C
I have now read a number of books on the strategic bombing campaign conducted as part of the air war in Europe. Read morePublished 12 months ago by J Karp