Betha Adamnáin: The Irish Life of Adamnán (Irish Texts by Máire Herbert, Pádraig Ó Riain

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Bader was pleasantly surprised and shook his hand warmly. He described his crash like this: "I saw pieces flying off my crate. The nose dipped. I looked round— the tail unit had practically gone . . nothing else to be done but to get out as quickly as possible. That was easier said than done, especially as the plane dove vertically and began to spin. I pulled myself up with my hands. I had already got one leg outside. The other one, the right one, was wedged inside. I tugged and the plane tugged too.

The total load of bombs released was 1000 tons, and as regards execution and effect it was the optimum of a concentrated night raid. The German Luftwaffe never again repeated this success in this form. Only much later with quite different resources did the English produce anything similar. Coventry was an accidental success. With insufficient aid in navigation and location of targets the night raiders over England, who were dependent on the weather during this time of the year, could not achieve any shattering effect despite their moderate losses.

Dwelling houses and official buildings were erected in the cities besides buildings for the armament industry and barracks. In the country, aerodromes and grounds for military maneuvers were laid out as well as farms and new settlements. The network of roads reached a greater degree of density and efficiency, not only because of the construction of the Autobahn, which has often been wrongly termed purely strategical. As a whole, the German nation manifested a deployment of strength which was unique.

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