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Keeney: The Pointblank Directive. The Untold Story of the Daring Plan that Saved D-Day. Pb

  • The Pointblank Directive. The Untold Story of the Daring Plan that Saved D-Day.
  • Author: L. Douglas Keeney
  • Paperback; November 2014; 368 pages
Where was the Luftwaffe on D-Day? The Pointblank Directive answers this question using extensive new research that creates a portrait of perhaps the last untold story of Operation Overlord. Following a year of unremarkable bombing against German targets, General Henry H. ‘Hap’ Arnold, commander of the US Army Air Forces, placed his lifelong friend General Carl A. ‘Tooey’ Spaatz in command of the strategic bombing forces in Europe, and his protégé, General James ‘Jimmy’ Doolittle, in command of the Eighth Air Force in England. For these fellow aviation strategists, he had one set of orders – sweep the skies clean of the Luftwaffe by June 1944. Spaatz and Doolittle couldn’t quite do that but they could clear the skies sufficiently to gain air superiority over the D-Day beaches allowing the Allies to establish their vital toe-hold on the beachheads. Their ambitious plan was called Pointblank.
Contents
  • List of Images
  • Foreword by Stephen Frater
  • Introduction
  • Preface: 1943
  • Chapter 1: Airmen
  • Chapter 2: Autumn 1943
  • Chapter 3: Pointblank
  • Chapter 4: Life on Base
  • Chapter 5: Spaatz
  • Chapter 6: Anywhere
  • Chapter 7: The Clock Ticks
  • Chapter 8: Formation
  • Chapter 9: Exhaustion
  • Chapter 10: Locusts
  • Chapter 11: Flak Boys
  • Chapter 12: Berlin
  • Chapter 13: April
  • Chapter 14: Invasion
  • Chapter 15: Secret Weapons
  • Chapter 16: War Plan
  • Chapter 17: Combat
  • Chapter 18: Dicing with the Devil
  • Chapter 19: May 1944
  • Chapter 20: Deception
  • Chapter 21: June 1944
  • Chapter 22: D-Day
  • Chapter 23: D+1
  • Notes Select Bibliography
  • Index
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