Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Precision Bombing Will Win the War

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Precision Bombing Will Win the War

In the second chapter of Fussells book he goes on to talk about prescision bombing and the B17. "The weapon of ultimate victory is specifically the b-17 flying fortress, the mightiest bomber ever built". It could hit a twenty five foot circle from 20,000 feet. The planes were hitting targets with bombs. They dropped a bomb dijon by mistake and it landed on civilians in Freiberg-im- Breisgau and killed fifty- seven people. They even dropped a bomb on the queens palace. The COBRA, which was the named used for immense bombing operations in July 25, 1944. It was to occur on the 25 of July and to dropp bombs but through a communication blunder it happened the day before. Due to this twenty-five American soliders were killed and one hundred and thirty one wounded. The next day this operation was re-mounted and once again it hit American lines and killed one hundred and eleven people including General Lesley McNair and five hundred were wounded. This was the disater at Saint Lo. After this several Canandian troops were killed when RAF Bomber attempted to reinforce the ground attack. This showed that precison bombing was not that accurate. Killing some many Americans and having so many wounded by trying to use the b17. They also by accident targeted a hospital, as well as the queens palace. I feel bad for people at that time because it seemed like they didnt really know how to target what they needed to but instead bomb things like the hospital, the queens palace and even their own men.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

These stories of bombs falling on your own forces and the general inaccuracy of the air war, were problems that had to be hidden from the general public. The stories were censored. People in general have a hardtime accepting the chaos of war.

3/13/2006 9:50 PM  

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