Air Power History Best Book Award for the Year 2010.

Author:Kreis, John F.
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Robert S. Ehlers's Targeting the Third Reich, Air Intelligence and the Allied Bombing Campaigns won the Foundation's Best Air Power History Book award for 2010. The award is given annually after a three-judge panel carefully considers and rates all of the books reviewed in the Foundation's journal, Air Power History, during the year. Criteria for selection call for the book to be of high quality, contribute to an understanding of air power, and for the author or authors to have had a connection to the U.S. Air Force or be a member of the Air Force Historical Foundation. Mr. Ehiers is professor of military history at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The judges voted unanimously to name this the best air power history book of 2010.

Targeting the Third Reich examines the development of the intelligence capabilities in the European theater of the U.S. Army Air Forces and the Royal Air Force, from the RAF's intelligence roots following World Wars I, to their early development in the face of the rising German threat in the 1930s, to the help and guidance given the Americans beginning in 1940, and then to a fully cooperative air intelligence operation that guided the air campaign in western Europe until the end of World War II. Professor Ehlers examines several ways in which the Allied air intelligence operation supported the ground armies on both the Eastern and Western Fronts during the war, selected targets for cutting fuel supplies and transportation in the West, and striking the transportation lines in the East. On the Eastern Front, moreover, the Germans encountered progressively greater resistance in their battles against the Soviet Red Army because Allied air bombardment on oil production and transportation facilities hampered the Germans' ability to move their forces quickly enough to contend with the Soviets; the air forces of the Western Allies particularly attacked targets that would give maximum aid and support to Stalin's military until the fall of Germany in April 1945.

Achieving an air intelligence capability worthy of the name was not a simple task. Much of what the Allies had learned during World War I, they abandoned during the inter-war years. In the late 1930s, with the winds of war approaching, the British formed a purportedly private company to run aerial reconnaissance of Germany. Beginning with only a handful of aircraft and a few pieces of the most advanced aerial...

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