Curtis Lemay had burned down a lot of Japan by Hiroshima, but not all of it. A yard-by-yard ground campaign supported by aerial bombing and artillery probably would have destroyed what was left.
posted on 08/06/2008 5:14:04 PM PDT
by colorado tanker
(Number nine, number nine, number nine . . .)
To: colorado tanker; DeweyCA
Combine the destruction of the rail system with the mining of the Inland Sea and Japan would have had no way to feed its cities. Starvation would have killed far more than the bombs did or even an invasion would have. Richard Frank's Downfall discusses this strategy.
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