Truman ordered the bomb dropped on two Japanese cities. His decision created a controversy that is with us today. On August 6,the world changed forever. About 70, persons, some military but mostly civilian, perished in the blast and the firestorm that resulted from it.
No other nation has ever used bombers as a regular reappearing image on their propaganda. This seems uniquely American.
Each leaflet threatens the enemy with catastrophic bombing should they resist. The threat was real. The American heavy bomber is the symbol of the reach and strategic power of the United States. The leaflets reflect that power and are an effective means of changing minds and hearts. The B became the cornerstone of U.
Ideal in supporting troops in enemy contact, the B can deliver precision-guided smart munitions or lay a carpet of 30 tons of high explosives, obliterating enemy movements and clearing large swaths of enemy-held territory with a cacophonic and murderous barrage.
I have always wondered if the image of American aircraft overhead was of any real propaganda value. The question seems to be answered in a secret report on what was needed by the Philippine Resistance to carry on under Japanese occupation: Undoubtedly, the best and most irrefutable propaganda that the Allied can now use in the Philippines is the airplane.
This will give lie to the main Japanese propaganda and blow to smithereens their entire propaganda machine. Nothing except invasion can equal the propaganda value of the sight of an American airplane in the Philippine skies today Even if the airplane were to drop nothing, the mere sight of it and the star on its wings will give the people tangible things to boost their morale and renew their faith in the American pledge to redeem the Philippines.
It tells the Germans that the Americans are here and reminds them that they brought the United States into their war. The text on the front says, "Now the American Flying Fortresses are in action.
Many more would follow. The Americans, new to the war, took on the extremely dangerous daylight bombing of the Third Reich.
This day-night bombing campaign is symbolically depicted in leaflet USG9. The left of the leaflet is daylight, the right of the leaflet is nighttime. The American bombers give their answer: Bombing with the RAF all day and night.
At the most valuable military targets in all of the Reich. Three million of these leaflets were printed on 29 July by the British printer Waterlow and Sons.
A total of 2, were dropped over the enemy on 13 bomb raids between 2 August and 3 December The front of the leaflet depicts four B bombers flying above an American flag depicted in full color. The back is all text and has a long propaganda message in both French and Flemish.
The exact same image was used again on a leaflet to Germany coded USG 5 that was dropped with a different German-language message from July to November, By D-Day in the U.
Some of the stories are: The cover shows German prisoners of War being led by a British Tommy.
Other pages depict the German retreat from and escape from North Africa; the strategy of General Wavell; the capture of Tobruk and the Mediterranean and all of the countries involved in the war.
Even though the booklet was British, it still featured the American heavy bomber. Text on the cover is: The front depicts a sky full of silhouetted four-engine bombers and the text: Did you hear us? The back is all text. Some of the message is: German Soldiers on the Western Front We heavy bombers will do no immediate harm to you.
We leave this to the weapons of our tactical air force. We fly in German air space about 10, meters above your heads.On August 6 and 9, , the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed by the first atomic bombs used in warfare. Documents on the decision to use the atomic bomb are reproduced here in full-text form, and many also as images.
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Controversial in nature, this book demonstrates that the United States did not need to use the atomic bomb against Japan. Alperovitz criticizes one of . ~~~DWIGHT EISENHOWER " in [July] Secretary of War Stimson, visiting my headquarters in Germany, informed me that our government was preparing to drop an atomic bomb on Japan.
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