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Not every German is a nazi but a Jap is a Jap: differentiation in USAAF bombings of Germany and Japan

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posted on 2022-03-28, 14:40 authored by Dominic Caron
The Second World War saw aerial warfare on an unprecedented scale. The United States Army Air Force(USAAF)had an extensive bombing campaign in both Europe and the Pacific,however, the campaign in Japan was substantially more aggressive than the campaign in Europe. In Europe the USAAF seemed determined to follow their official policy of precision bombing, yet extensive firebombing campaigns against Japan prove this policy was not adhered to in the Pacific. Why was the USAAF's campaign against the Japanese more aggressive than their campaign against the Germans? In Europe the enemy was a political entity, Nazismand fascism. Victory would be achieved when these parties were removed from power.In the Pacific the enemy was not a political system, the enemy was Japan. Not the Japanese government. Not Japanese Imperialism. Japan. In the Pacific the enemy was a people, in Europe the enemy was an ideology. There existed 'good Germans' who were victims of Nazism. While as far as the USAAF was concerned, 'There are no civilians in Japan."


Table of Contents

Introduction: A New Kind of War -- Chapter 1: The USAAF and the evolution of strategic bombing in the 20th Century -- Chapter 2: Race and culture in American Society -- Chapter 3: Differentiation of allied bombings of Japan and Germany -- Chapter 4: Changes to USAAF bombing in Europe and the Pacific -- Conclusion: A War of duty and a war of h.onour


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 64-70

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

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Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Modern History

Department, Centre or School

Department of Modern History

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Chris Dixon


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