Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. A. Stanley Trickett


In what may be his greatest painting, Pablo Picasso recored the horrors of war fought in the third dimension. Guerniea compels attentio to the affects of war once removed from personal combat. Its subjects are the victims, living and dead, of bombardment from air. They are soldier, civilian, and beast--all caught together in one moment of convulsed agony, each capriciously fated by the accidents of time and positions... This study will examine the strategic air offensive against Germany within the broad context of Allied war aims and the then prevailing military doctrines. Emphasis will center upon major obstacles that stood in the way of its greater achievement. No attempt will be made to describe or assest the operational aspects of the bombing campaign conducted by the British and American forces. Such an attempt would be presuptuous in the face of the superb offical chronicles that are now available to satisfy the most searching of inquiries. Finally as the result of my endeavors, I hope to draw some general conclusions that have relevance to the strategic problems of today.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the College of Graduate Studies University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1965 Robert McLean Behr

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