Wings of Judgment: American Bombing in World War II / Edition 1

Wings of Judgment: American Bombing in World War II / Edition 1

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by Ronald Schaffer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 019505640X

ISBN-13: 9780195056402

Pub. Date: 09/28/1988

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

World War II—"the good war"—is here viewed from a new angle of vision, one that sheds fresh light on how major decisions were reached.
More than just a book on the strategy and outcome of American bombing in World War II, Wings of Judgment tells about choices in war, decisions that determined whether hundreds of thousands of people lived or

Overview

World War II—"the good war"—is here viewed from a new angle of vision, one that sheds fresh light on how major decisions were reached.
More than just a book on the strategy and outcome of American bombing in World War II, Wings of Judgment tells about choices in war, decisions that determined whether hundreds of thousands of people lived or died and whether famous cities and great monuments of civilization survived or were destroyed. It is about the bombing of Dresden and Berlin and of dozens of cities and towns all over Germany and about the preservation of Rome and Florence. It is about the incineration of Tokyo, the bombing of Hiroshima, and the sparing of one of Japan's most beautiful and holy places, the city of Kyoto. Describing U.S. air raids that terrified inhabitants of enemy nations and citizens of enemy-occupied countries, it raises serious questions about the military and moral effects of American bombing. It also tells of American efforts to avoid killing civilians needlessly.
Taking us behind the scenes at military headquarters, Schaffer shows that even the toughest warriors occasionally found themselves offering moral arguments for their actions, arguing that they were made right by enemy atrocities, by the justness of the Allied cause, and by the numbers of lives of American servicemen that Allied bombing might save.

About the Author:

Ronald Schaffer is Professor of History at the California State University at Northridge.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195056402
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/1988
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.06(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionxi
1.Leaders of the American Air War3
2.American air War Doctrine and the Bombing of Civilians20
3.American Air Operations in Europe: Occupied Countries and Axis Satellites35
4.The Bombing of Germany: Early Operations60
5.The Bombing of Germany: Transition to Douhetian Warfare80
6.The Bombing of Japan: Preparing for the Fire Raids107
7.The Bombing of Japan: From Tokyo to Nagasaki128
8.The Bombing of Japan: American Perceptions of the Moral Issue149
9.Reactions to the Moral Issue: Accounting for the Variations177
10.Epilogue190
Notes219
Essay on Sources252
Index263

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Wings of Judgment 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written for a history tome. Unfortunately, it contained nothing, that I was not already aware of. If you are a WW2 history buff, you won't learn much.