Part Two) For the research portion, I researched the fire bombings in Hamburg during World War II. Hamburg was the first place to encounter "fire" warfare in 1943. The goal of these bombings were to destroy large areas completely by wiping out the people and all buildings. The "window" tactic was used in the bombing of Hamburg. This includes dropping foil strips out the windows of the plane to confuse the Germans and their radar systems. The bombing of Hamburg occurred on July 24th, 1943 at approximately 9 o'clock PM. The bombs consisted of high explosives, incendiary, phosphorus and napalm. Due to the massive amount of explosives, some buildings went up in flames that reached over twenty feet high. Altogether, almost nine thousand tons of bombs were dropped on Hamburg that affected an area of about eight and a half square miles. As a result, about forty-five thousand civilians were killed along with about one thousand servicemen. After the bombings, the city never reached its full potential of population and output as it was before the destruction.
|Birds eye view of the destruction in Hamburg as a result of the bombs.|