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A summing up of technical advances

“By late 1944, Bomber Command and the USAAF possessed the means to undertake what Harris had attempted without success in 1942 and 1943: the wholesale destruction of Germany’s cities. But it was too late. When they possessed the strategic justification- in 1942 and 1943- they lacked the means. By winter in 1944, when they had gained the means, the justification was gone, for the Allied armies were evidently on the verge of complete vistory on the ground, and it was only a combination of their own shortcomings and the Wehrmacht’s genius that delayed the end so long. In the last months of war Bomber Command contributed to the punishment of the Germany more than the defeat 0f the enemy”. (Hastings 456)