World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF EUROPE: Target: Oil

Germany's fast-evaporating oil supply had become a top-priority target. The Allied Air Forces in Europe hammered at that target with everything from rocket-firing fighter planes to heavy bombers—which last week completed an unprecedented three-way shuttle-bombing mission from England to Russia to Italy and back.

German performance on the battlefields, German lack of performance in the air, had suddenly made it clear that the long drive on Germany's oil had been more effective than the most optimistic airmen had hoped it could be. Now the" blistering attack reached everything from refineries and plants, deep in Germany and the Balkans, to...

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