German Resources applied against Bomber Command
Posted 18 May 2009 - 07:43 PM
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.
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.
Robin Riley 156 Squadron RAF - 8 Group Pathfinder Force
Posted 18 May 2009 - 08:01 PM
RAF Bomber Command: Facts, Discussion Forum, and Encyclopedia Article
Posted 18 May 2009 - 08:24 PM
Posted 19 May 2009 - 04:31 PM
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
(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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