Subversive Historian – 03/10/09

U.S. Firebombing of Tokyo

Back in the day on March 10th, 1945, the United States concluded its firebombing of Tokyo, Japan. Occurring during the final months of World War II, the U.S. Air Force deployed more than three hundred low-level B-29 bombers beginning in the late night hours of March 9th. In what many historians note as the most catastrophic air raid in history, the bombing of the Japanese capital through the early morning hours of March 10th, annihilated nearly half of the city and incinerated an estimated 100,000 civilians. The stated, though indefensible, objectives of the campaign, were to bring about the surrender of the Japanese, while dealing a destructive blow to the economy. The intense firebombing of Tokyo, though historic and tragic in size and scope, is all too often obscured by the shadow of the mushroom clouds of Hiroshima and Nagasaki even though it caused more immediate deaths than either of them.

The memory of the attack is enshrined in a modest museum in Tokyo, however, in the U.S. it’s just another forgotten chapter from the so-called “good war.”


One response to “Subversive Historian – 03/10/09

  1. I didn’t know about this. Thanks.

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