In the spring of 1945, the US high command doubted a quick victory over Japan, let alone a victory that could be achieved by the Army Air Force alone. He was cooled by the promises of the same kind about victory over Nazi Germany made by the Army Air Force Combat Command and which led him to agree to pharaonic human, material and financial efforts without avoiding the land invasion. In June 1945, in Washington, apart from Arnold, LeMay and a few relatives, everyone thought it was going to be the same in the Pacific ... However, at the beginning of June, when the "Fire Blitz" ends, the 20th Air Force finds itself in the position of the boxer who sees that his opponent is "groggy" and who says to himself that the victory by "Knock Out" is within range as long as it prevents it from recovering and therefore hits hard and fast until it falls or gives up. This is precisely the spirit of the “Empire” plan which, after the destruction of the six largest cities of the archipelago (the main military-industrial complexes), plans to subject the same fate to 25 other smaller cities but , they too, industrialized. The plan of XXI Bomber Command, underlines the importance of the cumulative effect necessarily produced by many raids in a short period of time and determines the list of targets so as to continue the destruction of the Japanese war industry while creating a feeling of terror among the civilian population. It is this phase of the bombing campaign of XXI Bomber Command that recounts in this 7th opus, as abundantly illustrated as the previous ones and rich in anecdotes and testimonies.
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