Keith Lowe. Inferno: The Devastation of Hamburg, 1943. London: Penguin Books, 2007. A chunky account of Operation Gomorrah in July 1943. Looks thorough: a good bibliography, in both English and German. But surely there are better descriptions of Sir Malcolm Campbell than 'military theorist' (p. 52)!

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  1. Brett ... I highly recommend W G Sebald's "On the Natural History of Destruction" to you. It's a remakable volume that addresses Germany's literature about, and generally its reaction to, the massive destruction unleashed upon it by the CBO.

    The insights are stunning, on the one hand not pulling punches about the horror of it all, and noting the natural human reaction of denial in the face of the unimaginable, but also raising the spectre of what has become referred to as Vergangenheitsüberwältigung. In similar vein to glastnost-perestroika - this is soul searching - was this in some way deserved?

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