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Bombing Japan - Incendiary Bombs Over Tokyo, Part 1

WARNING:  THIS CLIP, AND ITS DESCRIPTION, CONTAINS HISTORICAL FOOTAGE OF WAR AND THE DROPPING OF FIRE BOMBS OVER JAPAN.  PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

By the fall of 1944, American military leaders realized that Japan would be unwilling to surrender.  Vicious battles between the two sides, on several Pacific islands, convinced military planners (like General LeMay) to take drastic measures.

On the 29th of November, 1944, B-29s began to regularly drop bombs on Japan.  Tokyo, a city whose buildings were mostly made of wood at that time, was a prime target. 

When American pilots dropped incendiary bombs, blazing fires killed people and leveled cities.

This clip - from the documentary "World War II Battlefront" - features a segment on "The Last Stronghold (November, 1944)."  It is not easy to watch.

See, also:

Bombing Japan - Incendiary Bombs Over Tokyo, Part 2

Bombing Japan - Incendiary Bombs Over Tokyo, Part 3

Bombing Japan - Incendiary Bombs Over Tokyo, Part 4

 


Media Credits

Clip from "World War II Battlefront" - segment on "The Last Stronghold (November, 1944)," produced by Madacy Entertainment Group, Inc. (2001).  Copyright, Madacy Entertainment Group, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the production.

Clip online, via National Geographic.

 

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