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Pre-Invasion Bombing Strategy: General Eisenhower's Decision of March 25, 1944

Pre-Invasion Bombing Strategy: General Eisenhower's Decision of March 25, 1944

By Walt W. Rostow

University of Texas Press, 1981, 166 pp.

During World War II the author was a young officer involved in selecting targets for bombing in the war against Germany and in evaluating the results-a necessary form of negative economic planning which fascinated its practitioners. Here, in the first of a series of case studies of "Ideas and Action," he recounts, with extensive documentary appendices, the intellectual process behind the decision to concentrate on striking rail facilities on the eve of D-Day.