Glossary of Terms

AREA BOMBING The bombing strategy adopted by Bomber Command in 1942 where bombs would now fall on a general area rather than particularly selected targets
FIRESTORM A hurricane of fire that could reach 800 degrees centigrade and 90 miles per hour. These were common in German cities bombed by the Allies
FLANDERS A battlefield on which mass slaughter took place during World War 1
GEE A British navigational aid based on the principles of radar
H2S British radar navigation and blind-bombing aid fitted to some bombers from 1943 onwards
LUFTWAFFE The German Air force
O. T. U. Operational Training Unit
OVERLORD, OPERATION The Allied invasion of France on 6 June 1944
POINTBLANK, OPERATION The June 1943 directive from the Combined Chiefs of Staff for the Combined Allied Bomber Offensive
PRECISION BOMBING Early type of bombing conducted by Bomber Command and later the United States Eighth Army Air Force where precision targets such as those linked with fighter production or oil were chosen as targets
R. A. F. Royal Air Force
SATURATION OF DEFENCE This was a desired situation of Bomber Command where the enemy defences could not cope with heavily concentrated, large scale bomber attacks. The enemy defences would as a result be saturated.
THUNDERCLAP, OPERATION 1944 Allied plan to deliver the overwhelming coup de grace (the final offensive which would result in the ultimate defeat of Germany) to Berlin and/or other leading German cities by sustained bomber attack
TRENCHARDIAN DOCTRINE Bomber doctrine composed by Lord Trenchard stating the ability to win the war by bombing alone
WINDOW Tinfoil strips dropped by Allied bombers to fog the German radars
YALTA CONFERENCE Meeting of Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin to discuss the strategy for the remainder of the war and post-war reconstruction








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