“Big Week” 1944

Operation Argument and the breaking of the Jagdwaffe
by Douglas C. Dildy
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Series: Air Campaign

Publication Date: December 24, 2020

ISBN: 9781472824523

Binding: Kobo eBook

Availability: eBook

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In the years before World War II, it was believed that strategic bombing would win wars, but none foresaw the devastation that German radar-directed interceptors would inflict on large bomber formations.

With the increasingly urgent need to eliminate German fighter-aircraft prior to D-Day, a concerted two-phase effort was launched, codenamed 'Operation Argument'. Targeting aircraft factories with hundreds of heavy bombers escorted by the new long-range P-51 Mustang, the operation, known to history as the 'Big Week' campaign, was designed to destroy aircraft production on the ground, and force the Luftwaffe into combat to defend these vital facilities – when it was intended that the new escort fighters would take their toll on the German interceptors.

Using specially commissioned artwork and maps, this is a detailed and fascinating analysis of history's first-ever successful offensive counter-air (OCA) campaign.