- Oct 2011
- Italy, Lago Maggiore
In the fall of '41 the Air Staff was gearing up for an expanded bombing campaign against Germany and were making promises about the effectiveness of that bombing campaign, possibly the RAF Air Staff was promising to win the war all by themselves without any ground fighting. Churchill is warning the Air Staff not to make promises they probably won't be able to keep. In the Battle of Britain Germany's bombing campaign had been mostly ineffective, and Churchill was predicting that the RAF's bombing campaign would similarly fail to live up to pre-war expectations.
Just a data:
during the Battle of Britain the Luftwaffe deployed about 1,700 bombers of several kinds a about 1,100 fighters [losing about 1,900 planes].
During the air strikes on Germany the allies deployed well more planes [there are estimates around, anyway they lost about 6,400 planes, more than the double of the planes deployed by the Luftwaffe to attack the United Kingdom].