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.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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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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"Hamburg was destroyed by Allied 'area bombing', a firestorm raging in residential areas.
It kept us real and helped us come up with new and exciting ideas" Broadcaster Richard Madeley on the early days of his TV series, in Liverpool, with his wife Judy Finnigan "Hamburg was destroyed by Allied 'area bombing', a firestorm raging in residential areas.
The key point, thoroughly plumbed, is that urban area bombing of Japan in the war's final stages inadvertently--and, perhaps, unavoidably--added the implied threat of mass bombing to U.S.
Nighttime area bombing attacks by the RAF complimented the daytime precision bombing raids by the U.S.
It is also not a study of the arguments between the Americans and British over bombing methods, targets, and the effectiveness of night area bombing, the British practice, versus daylight precision bombing, the American practice.
Revulsion at the idea of targeting civilians had softened, and both sides adopted area bombing of cities as a legitimate weapon of war.
Area bombing or carpet bombing, where conventional shells are used to bombard a large are from the air -- a practice widely used during Second World War -- was banned by the 1977 Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Convention.
The sage decision by Churchill to take Gibson to America also highlighted that Bomber Command was capable of precision attacks as opposed to just the bludgeoning at area bombing. Equally importantly, the raid had a huge effect on the morale of the aircrews in the face of steady and significant losses.
Yes, they destroyed enemy communications lines and factories but between 325,000 and 600,000 innocent men, women and children were killed by horrific area bombing.
Worse, Burleigh delivers a moral whitewash that goes past any argument from military necessity for "area bombing" (the Royal Air Force term) to justify collective punishment through bombing, coupled with wide destruction meant to diminish the enemy's war-making capacity:
Miles provides a historical overview of the issue of restitution in "Still in the Aftermath of Waterloo: A Brief History of Decisions about Restitution"; "Christian Responsibility and the Preservation of Civilisation in Wartime: George Bell and the Fate of Germany in World War II," by Andrew Chandler, shows the influence of the Anglican bishop of Chichester, who as a member of the House of Lords and vocal cleric was an outspoken critic of area bombing and the decision to pursue the unconditional surrender of Germany; and Fritz Allhoff's "Physicians at War: Lessons for Archaeologists?" looks at ethical dilemmas of medical professionals with respect to military ethics, medical ethics, and torture in an endeavor to provide insight and parallels for other professions.
Area bombing raised moral questions of its own, and it developed From a sequence of decisions that reflected the course of the war and the blurring of limits.