I know that we dropped leaflets warning of the imminent destruction of certain cities, and telling the people to evacuate. The leaflet contained a list of cities to be bombed. After the first city on the list was hit, there was no discernible evacuation from any of the other cities. After the second city was hit, there was scattered and isolated evacuation of other cities. After the third city on the list was hit, the Japanese seemed to get the message, as evacuation picked up exponentially. The bombings were incendiary in nature, creating tremendous firestorms. It was part of General Curtis LeMay's strategic bombing campaign.
posted on 08/19/2007 12:43:14 AM PDT
("Give me liberty, or give me death!")
The bombings were incendiary in nature, creating tremendous firestorms. It was part of General Curtis LeMay's strategic bombing campaign.
As a point of interest, LeMay said in "Mission With LeMay" that the firebombing campaign stopped only because they ran out of incendiary bombs (IIRC, in May or early June): he speculated that if they hadn't run out, the war might have ended before the atomic bombs were used.
posted on 08/19/2007 4:22:45 AM PDT
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