Maps reveal how Japan’s cities were destroyed during World War II


David Fedman was doing research at Stanford University’s Branner Library when he stumbled across some maps that left him confounded. They were produced by the US Army Air Forces during World War II.

Representative of these maps is a target chart, dated July 1942, that shows concentric circles over the coastal city of Osaka, with small dots marking targets sprinkled throughout the map.

It neatly reveals the doctrine of precision bombing …


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