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World War 2 planes: RAF briefing

Context

After Dunkirk the planes of RAF Bomber Command became the only means of attacking the enemy. The RAF carried out bombing missions over Germany throughout the war, but the activity escalated from 1942 onwards

At this time Bomber Command took a strategic decision to switch attacks from exclusively military targets to the bombing of cities.

Hence the experiences of British civilians during the Blitz became the experiences of German civilians also.

Many people feel that the strategic bombing campaign was entirely justified by Nazi Germany's own actions. But it remains a contentious issue and perhaps a question mark against the conduct of the Allies during the War.

Transcript

For the...er...operation tonight, all our aircraft are on the same targets...and we shall not be able to give you the area...or your time of take off...until 4 o'clock. So I want captains to report to the Operations Room at 4 o'clock and we'll let you know your target area and time of take off then.

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