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John Bugbee C-063 War and Society J Lockenour 121101 Strategic Bombing In WWII The new relation of air power to strategy presents one of the distinguishing contrasts between this war and the last Air power in the last war was in its infancy The new role of three-dimensional warfare was even then foreseen by a few farsighted men but planes were insufficient in quality and quantity to permit much more than occasional brilliant assistance to the ground force This passage starts off the United States strategic bombing survey I like this quote because it makes it clear that WWII was a much different war than WWI and begins to explain why Upon reflection it simply seems that the US and especially Great Britain were just utilizing the new technology that had become available in mass production Opposing forces had never seen a weapon as devestating physically financially and agriculturally Allied forces didnt even have to use the weapons incredibly well in order for them to have a huge impact on every part of the enemys resources The beginning of the war was marked by mass production of planes The countries needed these extra planes to carry out the air bombing strategies that they had in place England possessed about 50 of the air power with the US and Germany splitting the other 50 An account of a 1943 BritishAmerican raid on Hamburg from the book Voices of the Third Reich is a prime example of strategic bombings effectiveness in WWII The combined bomber offensive struck its first major blow against Hamburg Operation Gomorrah began on July 24-25 1943 More than 30000 people died in a series of raids then unmatched in scope and destruction For the first time a German city experienced firestorms heat from burning buildings so intense that it created a tornado effect sucking up oxygen with a force that dragged people alive into the flames While the Hamburg attacks were
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