1943 ... Walt Disney and Strategic Bombing

"Victory Through Air Power"... after World War One showed the possibilities of using aircraft to drop explosives on your enemy's troops, factories and civilian population the mad-scientists had a field-day in coming up with all sorts of futuristic scenarios whereby Air Power would become the Ultimate Weapon. These war-games and doomsday prognostications usually involved the use of large amounts of Poison Gas dropped from the air. This was the first true "weapon of mass destruction" and a source of well deserved terror and fear.

However- neither side used poison gas during WW2 ( perhaps in the same sort of fear of the other fellow using it in retaliation- that later became the concept of nuclear deterrence during the Cold War). But the concept, and allure, of Strategic Bombing using high explosives and fire bombs remained a driving goal of first the Axis and then the Allied powers during the Second World War. 

By 1945 the technology had caught up to the concept, and with Atomic Bombs, complete and total destruction of an enemy by aircraft launched from far away bases was a reality.

This is a fascinating propaganda/ documentary pushing the concepts of strategic bombing. The idea was to avoid a lot of the blood and time of the US Island Hopping Campaign in the Pacific. Instead we would pour our resources into a great Air Armada of B-36 type bombers that would pulverize Japan with conventional bombing. In the end we did both; moving closer and closer and encircling Japan while conducting devastating bombing campaigns. 

In the end it was only dropping atomic bombs on them that convinced them to surrender.

1 comment:

Dirk Rijmenants said...

Great find James! Walt made one great long-range-bomber-add. I suspect he had some pretty good inside information, given the good military insights and his depicting of planes that were yet to appear in the skies. As if he knew the B-29 and B-39 were underway. Ilove those WWII and Cold War "propaganda" videos, but this cartoon style war documentary is a first to mee. Excellent!