Category Archives: Allied Strategies, 1940-45

The end of the Transportation Plan debate

The end of the Transportation Plan debate. Eisenhower’s letter to Churchill of 2 May 1944 insisted that the plan was an indispensable part of preparations for D-Day. The explicit backing given Eisenhower by President Roosevelt settled the issue. © Crown … Continue reading

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Trenchant critique of the policy of bombing the Biscay ports

On 30 March 1943, the Commander-in-Chief of Bomber Command, Air Marshal Harris, delivered a trenchant critique of the policy of bombing the Biscay ports, which he considered to have been forced upon him by the Admiralty. His arguments contributed to … Continue reading

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The orders that sealed the fate of Lorient

The orders that sealed the fate of Lorient. The area bombing of the Biscay ports was ordered on 14 January 1943, with Lorient as the first target, even if the result was the ‘complete devastation of the inhabited areas of … Continue reading

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Warning the French?

Warning the French? In this note to British Foreign Minister Anthony Eden, the Air Minister, Sir Archie Sinclair, shows his reluctance to issue any warnings that would give away the target. © Crown Copyright. Courtesy The National Archives, AIR19.217.

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