Wednesday, June 27, 2018
The Peshtigo Firestorm-- Part 5: The Japan Firebombins
Tokyo and sixty other Japanese cities were firebombed by the United States during the war. despite how deadly they were, the wasn't much American criticism at the time because most felt "they had it coming" after Pearl Harbor.
E. Bartlett Kerr's book "Flames Over Tokyo: The U.S. Army Air Force's Incendiary Campaign Against Japan 1944-1945" discusses the origins, development, planning and implementation of this campaign.
There are also other books that discuss it.
On November 7, 1941, General George C. Marshall, U.S. Army Chief of Staff, instructed his aides to develop contingency plans for "general incendiary attacks to burn up the wood and paper structures of the densely populated Japanese cities."