...in Europe in WWII ? Suppose the allies had not attempted the D-Day invasion and consequently skipped the excitement of the Hedgerows, the adventure in the Hurtgen Forest, the opportunity for glory at Bastoyne ... ...and instead put all of their bets on the combined bomber offensive ? The arguments for such a gamble are : 1) A few more Hamburgs would have convinced the German high command that the war was no longer worth fighting . 2) Improved equipment would have allowed escorted bombers to destroy oil targets . 3) The land campaign took resources from the bombing campaign, led to the Battle of The Bulge , etc. 4) Bomber Harris was never given more than 15% of the resources he said he needed to defeat Germany by bombing alone . Without the second front Stalin pressed for, could Harris have succeeded ?