• “Bomb Back, and Bomb Hard”: Debating Reprisals during the Blitz*

    Author(s):
    Brett Holman (see profile)
    Date:
    2012
    Subject(s):
    Technology, History, Military history, Great Britain, History, Modern
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    History of technology, Modern British history
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/vzv3-pm54
    Abstract:
    In Britain, popular memory of the Blitz celebrates civilian resistance to the German bombing of London and other cities, emphasizing positive values such as stoicism, humour and mutual aid. But the memory of such passive and defensive traits obscures the degree to which British civilian morale in 1940 depended on the belief that if Britain had to ‘take it’, then Germany was taking it as hard or harder. Contrary to the received historical account, opinion polls, Home Intelligence reports and newspaper letter columns show that a majority of the British supported the reprisal bombing of German civilians by Bomber Command. The wartime reprisals debate was the logical legacy of prewar assumptions about the overwhelming power of bombing; but it has been forgotten because it contradicts the myth of the Blitz.
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