During the Second World War, Allied air raids on the Netherlands resulted in thousands of causalities and extensive damage. The Dutch government, which had fled to London after the German invasion on 10 May, 1940, tried to maintain and exercise its functions as a government in exile, and took an ‘intermediate position’ on the Allied air raids. On the one hand, the government depended on the Allies to end the German occupation, while on the other it tried to minimise the number of causalities and damage to the Netherlands as much as possible. Joris van Esch addresses questions regarding the impact and importance of Allied decision-making in the period between 1940-1945 for the conduct of the air war in the Netherlands; about the influence of the Dutch government in exile on the Allied air raid decision-making process; and about the underlying motives and goals of the Dutch and Allied forces.
J.A.C. van Esch, A finger in the pie? De Nederlandse regering in ballingschap en geallieerde luchtaanvallen op Nederland in de Tweede Wereldoorlog.
Prof. W. Klinkert
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