A German Catastrophe?: German Historians and the Allied by Von Benda-Beckmann, Bas

By Von Benda-Beckmann, Bas

As one of many significant symbols of German discomfort, the Allied bombing conflict left a powerful imprint on German society. to a wider volume than is frequently claimed, the Allied bombings grew to become a part of German debates at the moment international struggle. In either the GDR in addition to the Federal Republic sooner than and after 1990 the air conflict turned a subject matter of public and political curiosity in addition to the topic of many old bills. Bas von Benda-Beckmann analyzes the German historiography of the Allied bombings when you consider that 1945. He explores how German historic money owed mirrored debates on post-war German id, and even if the historical past of the air battle shaped a "counter-narrative" opposed to the concept that the Germans as a collective have been responsible of the Nazi crimes. This identify might be previewed in Google Books - http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN9789056296537.

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Instead of starting the history of the strategic bombing with the outbreak of the Second World War, these accounts most commonly began with the origins of British military theory. While German military theory was rooted in a “continental European tradition” that relied primarily on ground troops and on direct warfare against the military forces of its opponent, the British and the Americans had a different military tradition. The British, in particular, had relied heavily on naval warfare and on indirect force, like the naval blockade during WWI.

The major involvement of leading historians in the research on the expulsions shows that German professional historians did not avoid the topic of German victims. Moreover, during the 1950s and ’60’s the Allied bombings were by no means lacking public interest, nor as would be the case in a later period, were they automatically associated with extreme rightwing revisionism. However, part of this neglect might be explained by a general trend to avoid military history. 75 73 See for example: Hans-Adolf Jacobsen, Fall Gelb: der Kampf um den deutschen Operationsplan zur Westoffensive 1940 (Wiesbaden: 1957); Hans-Adolf Jacobsen, “Der deutsche Luftangriff auf Rotterdam (14.

G. see: Erhard Klöss, Der Luftkrieg über Deutschland, 1939-1945. Deutsche Berichte und Pressestimmen des neutralen Auslands, Nach den “Dokumenten deutscher Kriegsschäder”, herausgegeben vom Bundesminister für Vertriebene, Flüchtige und Kriegsgeschädigte (München: 1963) 21. 93 Rumpf, Das war der Bombenkrieg 13. 94 Ibid. 21. excluded from the book, since they fell outside of the author’s aim to describe the bombing war against Germany. Coventry was only mentioned briefly to state that the attack had been grossly overestimated in its importance by the British as well as by German wartime propaganda.

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