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Forgotten blitzes : France and Italy under allied air attack, 1940-1945

Author: Claudia Baldoli; Andrew Knapp
Publisher: London : New York : Continuum, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"France and Italy account for fully one third of all Allied bombs dropped on Europe between 1940 and 1945. Italy received some 370,000 tons of bombs, nearly five times the total dropped on Britain by the Luftwaffe; France, over 570,000, nearly eight times the British figure. In each country, over 55,000 civilians died. Until now, studies of bombing in the Second World War have focused largely on the British and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Claudia Baldoli; Andrew Knapp
ISBN: 9781441185815 144118581X 9781441131096 1441131094
OCLC Number: 794808309
Description: xiv, 296 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Purpose and politics: the Allies and the bombing of France and Italy --
Preparing for cataclysm, 1922-1940 --
States and bombing, 1940-1945 --
The propaganda war --
Mobilization and its limits: evacuees, air-raid wardens, looters --
Societies under the bombs --
Resistance, bombing, liberation --
Conclusion --
Appendix: The death toll.
Responsibility: Claudia Baldoli and Andrew Knapp.

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"France and Italy account for fully one third of all Allied bombs dropped on Europe between 1940 and 1945. Italy received some 370,000 tons of bombs, nearly five times the total dropped on Britain by the Luftwaffe; France, over 570,000, nearly eight times the British figure. In each country, over 55,000 civilians died. Until now, studies of bombing in the Second World War have focused largely on the British and German experiences; few cover France or Italy. Forgotten Blitzes aims to remedy this. It explains the reasons for the Allied offensives, and uses political, social and cultural approaches to explore the challenges faced by states and peoples as the bombs fell. Massive research in local and national archives across four countries, complemented by diaries and personal memoirs, has allowed the authors to build a detailed, comparative picture of the impact of bombing on states, local authorities and individuals."--Page 4 of cover.

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