Letter: Bomber Harris: missions accomplished, targets missed

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Sir: Tom Wilkie's criticism of our Second World War bombing policy is unfounded. The fact that Frederick Lindemann may have overestimated the damage done by Allied bombing of German towns, does not change the fact that the actions of Bomber Comand were both justified and effective.

Justified because the vast majority of Germans supported Hitler and his policies. They were proud to be a Herrenvolk and deserved the consequences of their hubris. Effective, because so many German civilians were engaged in the total war effort and the destruction of their larger towns certainly demoralised them, as even Goebbels had to admit in his 1943/44 diaries.

Yours faithfully,

LIONEL BLOCH

London, W1

9 August

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