area bombing


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area bombing

Bombing of a target which is in effect a general area rather than a small or pinpoint target.
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Noun1.area bombing - an extensive and systematic bombing intended to devastate a large target
bombing, bombardment - an attack by dropping bombs
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A/M Arthur Harris protested that his bombs could not penetrate the defenses while area bombing would ravage the French ports.
The moral picture is grubby rather than black and white and he argues that the identification of Harris as ogre-in-chief is not supported by evidence that the principle of area bombing of industrial cities was accepted before he arrived in office.
He shows how airmen fought for independence and how they shifted during World War II from their prewar theory of precision bombing toward area bombing.
In mid-1942, it resorted to area bombing -- indiscriminate attacks on German cities.
Consequently, the theorists and planners abandoned precision bombing in favor of area bombing.
Eaker was a strong advocate of daylight, precision bombing while Harris was dedicated to bringing Germany to her knees through area bombing at night.
This paper will explore the emergence of the concepts of precision and area bombing, explain why the latter idea prevailed during the war, and describe how the precision idea eventually triumphed.
Harris pursued his policy of area bombing and was generally reluctant to engage in specific targets such as oil, steel or aircraft production which he considered "panacea" targets.
The "Possum" was left with the consolation that he had stood firm in his refusal to carry out area bombing, even at the cost of his career.
Moy points to the choice by bomber proponents of precision bombing over area bombing as being culturally driven.
He is anxious to believe that the AAF did not do any area bombing in Europe, but that is simply not true.
He emphasizes the Allies' decision to use American aircraft to engage in daytime area bombing as opposed to "precision" attacks.