MARK KLEIN. ignorant assumptions - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 31.01.10 | 13:21 (IST)

    Based as it is upon common fallacies and ignorant assumptions. "Absent the incineration of German and Japanese cities and its industrial base in WWII the Axis Powers would never have been defeated" M.K The carpet bombing of German cities had no major bearing on the outcome of the war in Europe. Targeting cities and civilians was viewed as a psychological weapon to break the enemy's will to fight. The firebombings of Hamburg 1943, Dresden 1945 and other cities by RAF Bomber Command had a very limited effect on German industrial production, and was no more successful at breaking Germany's will to fight than the Luftwaffe was at breaking Britain's. It had a very limited effect in shortening the war. The most effective bombing being that of oil refineries although that came so late as to have a relatively minor impact on the duration of the conflict. The destruction of Nagasaki and Hiroshima were an irrelevance to the outcome of the Pacific war. Japan was at that time desperately seeking to agree surrender terms. "It was my belief that Japan was, at that very moment, seeking some way to surrender with a minimum loss of 'face'. The Secretary was deeply perturbed by my attitude..." Dwight Eisenhower, Mandate For Change, pg. 380. So in sum the targeting of cities was in fact irrelevant to the outcome of the war and practically insignificant to the duration of the war.

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    First published 01:43 31.01.10 | Last updated 16:59 31.01.10
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