wings of judgement: american bombing in world war II

wings of judgement american bombing in world war II World War II the good war is here viewed from a new angle of vision one that sheds fresh light on how major decisions were reached More than just a book on the strategy and outcome of American bombin

  • Title: wings of judgement: american bombing in world war II
  • Author: Ronald Schaffer
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  • Page: 121
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  • World War II the good war is here viewed from a new angle of vision, one that sheds fresh light on how major decisions were reached More than just a book on the strategy and outcome of American bombing in World War II, Wings of Judgment tells about choices in war, decisions that determined whether hundreds of thousands of people lived or died and whether famous citiesWorld War II the good war is here viewed from a new angle of vision, one that sheds fresh light on how major decisions were reached More than just a book on the strategy and outcome of American bombing in World War II, Wings of Judgment tells about choices in war, decisions that determined whether hundreds of thousands of people lived or died and whether famous cities and great monuments of civilization survived or were destroyed It is about the bombing of Dresden and Berlin and of dozens of cities and towns all over Germany and about the preservation of Rome and Florence It is about the incineration of Tokyo, the bombing of Hiroshima, and the sparing of one of Japan s most beautiful and holy places, the city of Kyoto Describing U.S air raids that terrified inhabitants of enemy nations and citizens of enemy occupied countries, it raises serious questions about the military and moral effects of American bombing It also tells of American efforts to avoid killing civilians needlessly Taking us behind the scenes at military headquarters, Schaffer shows that even the toughest warriors occasionally found themselves offering moral arguments for their actions, arguing that they were made right by enemy atrocities, by the justness of the Allied cause, and by the numbers of lives of American servicemen that Allied bombing might save.

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    • The idea of dropping bombs on civilians was not something thought of just before the attacks on Japan. The Air War Plans Division was considering this type of thing in the summer of 1941, before the war even started.The idea was to drop bombs on the German people, causing their morale to start to crack, and then drop even more bombs on the German people to lower civilian morale.According to some of the war philosophies being considered at the time, “ modern total war, civilians and armed force [...]


    • This book is an exploration of how the various figures in WW2 dealt with the moral aspects of the bombing campaigns against both Germany and Japan. The main argument is that the views were varied across the board, but that none of the moral qualms prevented anyone involved from going forward with the campaigns. Many of them had various feelings about the bombing, but the justifications for moving forward depending on who you asked. Schaeffer avoids interjecting his own opinions or judgements as [...]


    • A very well researched and written book on the bombing campaigns of the USAAF against Germany and Japan in WWII. Both its effects and the morality of bombing is discussed in detail and viewed from several different angles.Although most commanders, officers and politicians involved were troubled by bombing more or less innocent civilians (of course, in a "total war" there is almost no innocent civilian any more), none of them choose not to do so and argued either by saying "orders are orders" or [...]


    • Title is a bit misleading, since its scope only extends to strategic bombing. That said, a that provoking historical study of these weapons and their use in WWII. Sometimes a bit confused as to who its audience is, but delves into thorny moral problems of military necessity, the sanctity and worth of life, and justifiable mass murder. That said, often uses moral relativism or the "war is inherently inhumane and immoral" argument to explain/justify the decisions made by US leadership, and to mudd [...]


    • Very informative, especially the chapter on how US air war doctrine was developed in the interwar period.


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