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Bombing Enemy Civilians By Jeffrey Fuller
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At the outset of WWII the American public reacted with horror and anger at the savagery inflicted on civilians through air bombardment. When the AAF and RAF began bombing German cities,... More > Americans’ attitudes began to change. This thesis analyzes civilian attitudes toward the U.S. area bombing of German and Japanese cities and how those positions evolved from the first fire bombings in the 1930s to those leading up to the atomic bombs. This thesis uses three primary sources to find its conclusions. The first is public opinion polls. The second is the articles, editorials, and especially the published letters written in response to bombing campaigns and the media’s reporting on them. Focus will be given to articles and editorials of periodicals such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, and Christian Century and the available letters received in reply. Finally, this thesis utilizes letters from the general public found at the Roosevelt and Truman Libraries as they relate to the bombings.< Less
The Civilians' Table By Michael Santos
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In a bomb shelter outside of Richmond, Virginia, four survivors of a devastating invasion of the country fight for their continued existence. Personal problems begin to divide them, but soon the... More > group faces the very real threat of a quickly diminishing food supply. They must choose between staying within their sanctuary or leaving in hopes of more supplies and the possibility of better lives. They have spent two years under the attackers' radar, safely hidden away, but now their attempts to return to the outside world may be the end of the security and survival they have come to know.< Less
Bombing Vindicated By J. M. Spaight
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Published in 1944 by a former British Principal Secretary of the Air Ministry, this book set out to justify the saturation bombing of civilians. It reveals that the tactic was initiated by the... More > British in May 1940, and that Hitler opposed this concept and refused to retaliate for months while the German cities were bombed. The British bombers were designed to bomb cities, he said, while the “Teutonic mind” never even considered such a policy, and instead viewed an air force merely as a tool to “blast open” a path for attacking armies. The German air force, he pointed out, was never used for anything else until ordered to retaliate against the British campaign. “Whatever Hitler wanted or did not want, he most assuredly did not want the mutual bombing to go on. He had not wanted it ever to begin. He wanted it, having begun, to be called off. There was ample evidence that he did not want the latter kind of bombing to become the practice. He had done his best to have it banned by international agreement.”< Less
Bombing Vindicated By J. M. Spaight
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Published in 1944 by a former British Principal Secretary of the Air Ministry, this book set out to justify the saturation bombing of civilians. It reveals that the tactic was initiated by the... More > British in May 1940, and that Hitler opposed this concept and refused to retaliate for months while the German cities were bombed. The British bombers were designed to bomb cities, he said, while the “Teutonic mind” never even considered such a policy, and instead viewed an air force merely as a tool to “blast open” a path for attacking armies. The German air force, he pointed out, was never used for anything else until ordered to retaliate against the British campaign. “Whatever Hitler wanted or did not want, he most assuredly did not want the mutual bombing to go on. He had not wanted it ever to begin. He wanted it, having begun, to be called off. There was ample evidence that he did not want the latter kind of bombing to become the practice. He had done his best to have it banned by international agreement.”< Less
Bombing Vindicated By J.M. Spaight
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Published in 1944 by a former British Principal Secretary of the Air Ministry as a response to increasing discontent in Britain with the Allied bombing of German cities, this book set out to justify... More > the saturation bombing of civilians. Reflecting official British government policy, it states clearly that the idea to saturate bomb civilian targets was initiated by the British in May 1940, and that Hitler opposed to this concept and refused to retaliate for months while the German cities were bombed, hoping that “Churchill would come to his senses.” This belief is dismissed as “stupid” by Spaight, who went on to describe as “pacifists” and “socialists” those Britons who objected to the bombing of civilians. The British bombers were designed to bomb cities, he said, while the “Teutonic mind” never even considered such a policy, and instead viewed an air force merely as a tool to “blast open” a path for attacking armies. Now with a new introduction which details the factual errors made by the original author.< Less
Bombing Vindicated By J.M. Spaight
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Published in 1944 by a former British Principal Secretary of the Air Ministry as a response to increasing discontent in Britain with the Allied bombing of German cities, this book set out to justify... More > the saturation bombing of civilians. Reflecting official British government policy, it states clearly that the idea to saturate bomb civilian targets was initiated by the British in May 1940, and that Hitler opposed to this concept and refused to retaliate for months while the German cities were bombed, hoping that “Churchill would come to his senses.” This belief is dismissed as “stupid” by Spaight, who went on to describe as “pacifists” and “socialists” those Britons who objected to the bombing of civilians. The British bombers were designed to bomb cities, he said, while the “Teutonic mind” never even considered such a policy, and instead viewed an air force merely as a tool to “blast open” a path for attacking armies.Now with a new introduction which details the factual errors made by the original author.< Less
V-1 Original German Manuals for the V-1 Buzz Bomb By Periscope Film LLC
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The Fieseler Fi-103, also known as the V-1 “buzz bomb”, struck terror into British and Dutch civilians during WWII. Powered by a pulse jet engine, it could achieve speeds up to nearly 400... More > mph, and was equipped with an autopilot to ensure stable flight. Between June 1944 and March of 1945, nearly 10,000 were launched towards London. Over 2400 struck the city, resulting in roughly 24,000 casualties. After WWII, the V-1 was tested by the U.S. Navy, and a radio-guided version was built known as the “Loon” missile. The Loon would become the first guided missile launched from a submarine, and thus is often identified as the forerunner of the cruise missile. This book contains reprints of original technical documents related to the V-1, which were preserved on microfilm. Please note, most texts are in German, and due to the nature of microfilm prints, legibility is substandard.< Less
Advance to Barbarism: The Development of Total Warfare from Sarajevo to Hiroshima By F.J.P. Veale
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Who started the mass bombing of civilians in World War II? This book proves, with clinical detail, that it was the Allies, and not the Germans, who started the “blitz” and once underway,... More > carried it to the most extreme murderous ends. The author, a legally-trained expert, shows how European conflicts for 200 years prior to 1939 had an unwritten agreement to avoid involving civilians in warfare and gives several historical examples where victors exercised non-vindictive restraint in dealing with the vanquished. This code of conduct, however, vanished in an orgy of hatred in the 1939–1945 conflict. Veale is meticulous in his arguments and cites cabinet meeting transcripts, memoirs of those involved in the decision-making, and many other sources to prove that the British and Americans were the first and the best at killing innocent civilians—and that if there had been any justice at Nuremburg, the accused would have included the Allied leaders as well.< Less
Advance to Barbarism: The Development of Total Warfare from Sarajevo to Hiroshima By F.J.P. Veale
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Who started the mass bombing of civilians in World War II? This book proves, with clinical detail, that it was the Allies, and not the Germans, who started the “blitz” and once underway,... More > carried it to the most extreme murderous ends. The author, a legally-trained expert, shows how European conflicts for 200 years prior to 1939 had an unwritten agreement to avoid involving civilians in warfare and gives several historical examples where victors exercised non-vindictive restraint in dealing with the vanquished. This code of conduct, however, vanished in an orgy of hatred in the 1939–1945 conflict. Veale is meticulous in his arguments and cites cabinet meeting transcripts, memoirs of those involved in the decision-making, and many other sources to prove that the British and Americans were the first and the best at killing innocent civilians—and that if there had been any justice at Nuremburg, the accused would have included the Allied leaders as well.< Less
The Meaning of an Enemy By Andrew Fountaine
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First published in serial format in Combat magazine, the writings of Andrew Fountaine, the National Front’s first parliamentary candidate and later deputy leader, detail the causes of... More > Europe’s slide into World War II and the effects on post-war Britain. This book discusses the origins of World Wars I and II, the rise of Nazi Germany, a highly critical evaluation of Winston Churchill (who, Fountaine points out, started the terror bombing of civilians), the destruction of the British Empire, the effect of Christianity on modern society, and Third World immigration into Britain.With an introduction by Combat editor John Bean, and an appendix by Bill Baillie “Ten Years of Combat.” Fountaine fought on Franco’s side during the Spanish Civil War and served as a naval Lieutenant-Commander in the Pacific during World War II. He was also leader of two 1960s-era groups, the National Labour Party and the (then) British National Party< Less