Bombing never demoralized anybody. The Blitz united the British, as the allied bombing forced the Germans to fight harder (troops preferred to remain at the front, rather than going home to destroyed cities). I shouldn't have written millions, Churchill wasted billions of dollars, thousands of planes and tens of thousands of British crewmen in murderous but strategically useless bombing without escort planes. Killing children and old people reduced the food, water and fuel requirements of the Reich, leaving more resources for the people who contributed to the war effort. Germany produced more in 1943 and 44 during the massive bombing campaigns. The British night bombings targeted civilians and missed most of the time. It was the daytime bombing of refineries, steel mills, plane and ballbearing factories, etc, by the Americans that did some damage, but did not justify the unacceptable losses without escort planes either. Only the daytime bombings with escort planes in 1944 made any sense.
The Alameins were so decisive that the Americans and Free French had to kick the Germans out of Africa two years after they arrived to wreak havoc there. All the thousands of allied lives wasted in Africa and Malta would have been saved, had Churchill allowed O'Connor (one of the few British leaders with guts and brains, and whom Churchill allowed to fall prisoner when he left him without troops) to finish off the Italians in Libya, instead of sending the troops to Greece (where they experienced heavy losses and left with the tail between their legs).
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