Why did the RAF bomb cities?

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Extracts from a government report on bombing and propaganda, July 1941

Catalogue ref: INF 1/894

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5. The R.A.F. offensive - our chief offensive weapon.

It is assumed that our only (or our chief) offensive weapon during the next months will be the R.A.F. The effect of the R.A.F. offensive against Germany can be considerably enhanced if a) it is planned not only with a view to military and industrial damage, but also to achieving the maximum demoralisation both to the civilians in Germany and their relatives in the armies abroad, and (b) if it is accompanied by propaganda designed to increase its effect.

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D. THE NECESSITY OF A PSYCHOLOGICAL ESCAPE FOR THE GERMAN PEOPLE.

11. The limitations of "fear propaganda".
If the above plan were accepted, it should not be put into operation without a propaganda campaign carefully designed to offer the German people some escape from its doom. "Fear propaganda" such as that advocated in the plan is only effective if:

a) It canalises [channels] the German hatred away from the British to their own central and local Government.

b) It offers the German people some way of escape from destruction.

If we employ "fear" propaganda by itself we shall be in danger of positively strengthening German morale by giving the German people the impression that there is nothing for it but to stand together and fight to the last man.