Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Monday, January 19, 2015

100 Years Ago

German Zeppelins bombed three English towns.

it wasn't the first time that somebody had dropped bombs from an aircraft, but it was the first time that more than one aircraft was used and the first time that "strategic bombing" was carried out. The idea was then, and remained for decades, that civilian morale could be sapped and the war ended by attacking civilian targets in the far rear areas.

As a way of forcing an enemy to divert military assets from frontline use to air defense, maybe it works. But as a way of draining enemy morale and compelling them to end a war, it's been a failure, time and time again.

5 comments:

CenterPuke88 said...

As I remember my lessons, it was just two zeppelins, off course, that ended up bombing Kings Lynn and Great Yarmouth (both located just a few miles from where I grew up) on the night of Jan 19-20.

Nangleator said...

There's no idea so demonstrably stupid that military thought leaders won't keep using for at least five wars.

Anonymous said...

Note that "middleman" applies to the United Way as well. Local people trying to direct money well, but there's a very substantial overhead cost (bylaws require less than 25%, ouch)

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Seems like it worked in Viet Nam w/ B52s making trips to Haiphong/Hanoi

Comrade Misfit said...

I disagree about the B-52s. What worked was mining Haiphong harbor.