Operation Moonlight Sonata: The German Raid on Coventry

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Notes

CHAPTER 1
1.
Longmate, Air Raid: The Bombing of Coventry 1940. In my research I utilized Longmate's book extensively. Longmate did an excellent job of interviewing a large number of Coventry residents who went through the bombing raid that night. His detailed description of the specific damage caused by the raid is also particularly thorough and well documented.

CHAPTER 2
1.
The historical background material for this chapter came from numerous general reference sources. However, the two sources most widely used were: "City of Coventry Official Guide," and Taylor, ed., "Coventry: The Ancient City with a Modern Outlook." The Taylor booklet is in the Public Records Office (PRO) Kew, in file HO192/1164.
2.
Taylor, ed., "Directory of Coventry Manufacturers 1939-1940." In addition to the statistics contained in this directory, there are also excellent maps that show the locations of the various major manufacturing plants in the city. This directory is also contained in the PRO Kew files in file HO192/1164.
3.
Ibid. p. 109.
4.
These population statistics are found in PRO Kew file HO192/1167. It is interesting to note that following the raid the estimated population of Coventry by June 1941 had decreased to 187,600 individuals.
5.
These statistics come from file 512.675.2, "British Air Ministry: Coventry Raids," at the USAF Historical Research Center at Maxwell AFB.
6.
Taylor, ed., "Directory of Coventry Manufacturers 1939-1940" p. 109.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Glossary of Abbreviations, Codenames, and Terms Used in the Text xv
  • Part I - Overview 1
  • 1 - Introduction 3
  • 2 - Coventry Before the Raid 9
  • 3 - The Raid in Brief 15
  • Part II - The German Air Force (GAF) 21
  • 4 - Gaf Development and Strategy 23
  • 5 - The Bombers and Ordnance of the Gaf 29
  • 6 - The Flying Beams 39
  • Part III - The RAF and the Battle of Britain 47
  • 7 - Raf Fighters and British Defenses 49
  • 8 - Ultra and British Electronic Countermeasures 63
  • 9 - The Battle of Britain 71
  • Part IV - The Coventry Raid 87
  • 10 - Coventry's Defenses 89
  • 11 - Advance Knowledge About the Raid 97
  • 12 - Operation Cold Water 103
  • 13 - The Raid: Operation Moonlight Sonata 109
  • Part V - The Aftermath 121
  • 14 - The Results of the Raid 123
  • 15 - Public Reaction to the Raid 129
  • Appendix A Luftwaffe 3 Bombing Report of Coventry Raid 147
  • Appendix C - U.S. Army Military Attache's Report on the Coventry Raid 153
  • Notes 157
  • Bibliography 167
  • Index 173
  • About the Author 179
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