1) Thomas R. Searle, "'It Made a
Searle argues the famous March 1945
air raid on
2)Fisher, George JB. Incendiary Warfare.
A fairly technical discussion of the history and tactical use of incendiary weapons; specific attention is paid to contemporary advances in gelled-fuel incendiary mixtures (the development of napalm).
3) Werrell, Kenneth P. Blankets of fire :
Documents the impact of firebombing on the war. He claims that low-altitude incendiary attacks at night broke completely with prior doctrine and were devastatingly effective, but also addresses moral questions like, Was the use of firebombing morally justified? Do the ends justify the means? and looks at the role of firebombing in setting the context for the use of the atomic bombs.
4) Powers, Thomas. "Was it right? [morality of
the 1945 bombing of
Addresses moral issues of targeting civilians.
5) Rauch, Jonathan. Firebombs over
6) Bombing of
Historical record of the bombing of Dresden during WWII
7) Incendiary Weapons http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/munitions/incendiary.htm
A comprehensive treatment of the military history of incendiary devices (including firebombs), principles of their operations, their modern day tactical applications and operational constraints.
8) Pyrotechnics, Explosives, and Fireworks
Contains a moderately detailed discussion of the chemistry of incendiary devices amid other material about pyrotechnics and explosives.
9) Armor Piercing Incendiary
A useful diagram of an incendiary round.
10) Siebert, Detlef. British Bombing Strategy in World War Two
Details Britains transition from precision to area bombing during WWII
11) Knell, Herman To Destroy a City: Strategic Bombing and Its Human Consequences in WWII.
Provides an in-depth analysis of the Allied policy of strategic bombing in WWII.
12) Sebald, W.G. On the Natural History of Destruction
Among other descriptions of destruction, tells of the fire raids in Hamburg