World War: Blitz for Germany

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The Battle of Germany is one that Adolf Hitler didn't plan. All the rest were his—Poland, Norway, France, the Atlantic, the Balkans, Russia; he had studied the maps and doped the strategy. But the Battle of Germany was not his idea at all. The Battle of Germany, which was growing noisy last week, was forced on him.

Hitler and his aides had thought it unthinkable that Germany should ever be scarred by enemy attack. Hermann Göring promised on Aug. 9, 1939: "As Reich Minister for Air, I have convinced myself personally of...

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