World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF EUROPE: The Long Arm Grows

The weather was right, the R.A.F. was ready, and Bremen caught 75 minutes of bombers' hell. On aircraft plants, dockyards and submarine works fell the same destruction which blanketed Cologne and Essen earlier. The British said that the 52 planes which did not return were less than 5% of the armada; ergo, more than 1,000 bombers had assaulted Bremen.

Twenty-three nights had passed since the R.A.F. sent as many planes over a single objective, and the Bremen raid was no proof that the British were yet able to sustain the night-by-night, city-by-city offensive...

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