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Many had been frankly dubious of the claims their commanding officers had made for Window at the briefings that afternoon, but now their doubts were dispelled. M. Marker bombs gone. M. Over target; setting course for Position ‘D’. ’s falling two miles to the south-east, another one and a half miles to the north-west, a third three and one quarter miles to the north-east, and yet a fourth two and one half miles to the west in Altona. Large though these margins of error may seem, it must be remembered that they were being dropped from a level of some four miles above the target.
S. Gruppenführer Kehrl in his report. As police chief – Polizeipräsident – Kehrl was ex officio director of Hamburg’s civil defences. ’ THE DESTRUCTION OF DRESDEN Harris had devised the bombers’ route that night with the intent of throwing the enemy defenders off the scent. The main force and the Pathfinder squadrons had headed out over the North Sea from Cromer on two different routes, meeting at an appointed rendezvous some forty-five miles west-north-west of Heligoland and thereafter passing some miles south of Kiel naval base.
In fact the city’s heavy industries lost about forty-five days’ production. Of the major factories, had been destroyed; of Hamburg’s smaller plants, numbering ,, , were destroyed. S. Strategic Bombing Survey, generally regarded as hostile to the British bombing effort, estimated that within five months Hamburg had recovered eighty percent of its former productivity. The American statisticians however ignored the argument which Sir Arthur Harris would vigorously stress: what would have been the level of productivity within those five months if Bomber Command had not thus checked its expansion in its stride?