Professor Andrew Knapp
What the site does
This website, developed by Andrew Knapp (with contributions from Lindsey Dodd, and major technical help from Leigh Blount) aims to inform you about the Allied bombing of France between 1940 and 1945 – about why the Allies did it, about the effects it had on French towns, about how the French state, and the French people, coped, and about how the French felt about it.
What the site grew out of
The site grew out of a joint project, financed by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and led by Professor Richard Overy at Exeter, entitled ‘Bombing, States and Peoples in Western Europe, 1940-1945’. The project included Germany, Italy and the UK as well as France. I worked on the French end of the project with Lindsey Dodd, who studied with me for a Ph.D.
Other work from the project
The main ‘Bombing, States and Peoples’ website is here: It includes a web exhibition on all four countries, incorporating some of the material from this site. The project has (so far) led to two books: one, edited by Claudia Baldoli, myself, and Richard Overy, which bears the name of the project (, and one by Claudia and myself entitled Forgotten Blitzes: France and Italy under Allied Air Attack, 1940-1945 ( Both are published by Continuum. The French side of the project also led to two articles in English, one by myself on the destruction of Le Havre (  and one by myself and Lindsey Dodd on Allied bombing policy in relation to France ( 
Contact Andrew Knapp at the University of Reading 
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