1st ed., 1983. 416 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. Based on copious reports, contemporary interviews and personal accounts, the author has collected a variety of new material that describes the RAF Offensive against Germany during World War II which remains the most controversial campaign of the war. He shows how the situation appeared to those in charge at the time and how and why the British public was systematically deceived about what was being done in its name. He explains how the whole area bombing strategy had its origins in and after the First World War, and how in the Second World War the offensive acquired a momentum of its own. The RAF’s successes, like the devastation of Hamburg, are fully described, as well as its failures, like the catastrophic attack on Nuremberg.