Strategic Bombing Of The World War II Essay

1123 Words Aug 31st, 2015 5 Pages
Of all of the aims of strategic bombing throughout the course of World War II, many of them were never reached. Several of the most well-known attempts to bomb large cities are the London Blitz, the bombing of Dresden and Hamburg among other German cities, and the fire-bombing of Tokyo, as well as the atomic bombs used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The preliminary aim of strategic bombing was to destroy infrastructure, however this failed due to the lack of accuracy of these bombs. Aims evolved into attempts to destroy the moral of citizens, yet the insistent bombings failed to achieve this, instead sparking the opposite reaction. Other aims of strategic bombing were to speed up the end of the war and the USA’s attempts to demonstrate their power to the USSR.
The preliminary reason that countries were involved in strategic bombing was to attempt to destroy essential manufacturing and infrastructural areas. They were aimed at factories that produced tanks, ships, ammunition and other military equipment, as well as major transportation areas such as bridges. British journalist Max Hastings states that the British bomber commander, Arthur Harris, aimed to “concentrate all available forces for the progressive, systematic destruction of the urban areas of the Reich, city block by city block, factory by factory, until the enemy became a nation of troglodytes, scratching in the ruins.” (Japan Focus: a Forgotten Holocaust 2007) This particular approach was successful for a short while,…

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