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#1 156Squadron

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 07:43 PM

Much has been said about the pro's and cons of the RAF Bomber Command assault on Germany.

I would be interested in finding some authoratative sources on actually how many men and how much material was devoted to the defense of the Fatherland.

Some points to get the "grey matter" working:

a) Number of Fighter Squadrons, No of Aircraft , No of Squadron Members.
B) Details of Supply and Support units required to support above.
c) Same details for A.A. units
d) No of actual A.A. guns and Ammunition expenditure rates.
e) Industrial Infrastructure to provide for a thru e
f) Units setup to handle RAF, RAAF, RCAF POW's. Crash site clear ups, search for evaders and escapers.
g) Effect on German war production due to factory damage
h) Clean up units deployed to clear damaged areas.
i) Please feel free to add other details

Assuming that the Bomber Command Offensive did not exist, where could these resources have been applied. The Russian front probably?

As well as comments from the board I would be most appreciative of references to any published studies on this subject.

I would like to steer clear of the moral aspects of the question, I believe that this has already been covered in other postings.

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Robin Riley 156 Squadron RAF - 8 Group Pathfinder Force
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Posted 18 May 2009 - 08:01 PM

As a starting point, at least for your first questions, I would check out the following site. It lists the various groups and the squadrons in each one. Each has links that give even further detail. It might be a good place to begin.
RAF Bomber Command: Facts, Discussion Forum, and Encyclopedia Article

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 08:24 PM

Not really an answer to your questions, but Albert Speer is supposed to have stated that 2 million germans were wholly occupied with with making AA guns and ammo, or shooting the stuff into the air.


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Posted 18 May 2009 - 08:26 PM

Yes, an excellent starting point.

Thanks for that.

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Posted 19 May 2009 - 04:31 PM

Interesting topic. I look forward to the info this will gather.

I too might suggest other Allied studies such as:
United States Strategic Bombing Survey: Summary Report (European War)
September 30, 1945

World War II Resources http://www.ibiblio.org/pha/

The Historic Government Publications from World War II
http://digitalcollec...du/all/cul/hgp/

http://www.germanforces.com/
(Fairly new site - FYI: it gets massive updates almost daily. Salute!)

Captured German Records: http://www.archives.gov/research/ww2/

Research on the German armed forces 1918-1945 http://www.feldgrau.com/

Edited by Fred Wilson, 19 May 2009 - 05:13 PM.

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