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During this gripping event SS attack Battalion Wotan, the hardest troops in Europe, are despatched on an it seems that very unlikely challenge opposed to the elite of the Soviet military in an important bid to arrange the best way for Operation Barbarossa. once more we meet the ruthless significant Geier, often called the 'Vulture', whose sexual practices are a relentless probability to his eating ambition; right here too is Captain von Dodenburg, the stylish aristocrat; and Sergeant Schulze, the wisecracking Hamburger who has smelt out the rottenness of nationwide Socialism and perspectives the conflict with unconcealed cynicism. below the author's skilful pen their international comes vividly to lifestyles and the reader can believe the horror, and certainly the thrill, which used to be the lot of attack Battalion Wotan at the highway to Rostov.
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The American doctrine for what later came to be called “strategic bombing”—a loosely deﬁned term that meant in its most general sense bombing that was not conducted in support of a speciﬁc tactical operation—was “precision”: ﬂy in daytime over speciﬁc military targets and hope to minimize the inevitable civilian casualties that would result. For some American commanders, the objection was moral, but for most, area bombing was derided as simply an ineffective use of resources, and they persisted in looking for a “bottleneck” factory that would, when hit, cripple the German war machine.
52 There is little doubt that Joseph Grew was the main ﬁgure advocating a relaxation of surrender terms to allow for the possibility of retaining the emperor. )53 As Roosevelt had focused his attention on problems in Europe and on the maintenance of the Grand Alliance, much of the planning for postwar Japan had been delegated to the State Department, which was deeply aware of the problems that would be engendered by a so-called direct occupation of Japan (replacing the entire government and administering the transition directly through 30 CHAPTER 2 the military).
The most obvious explanation, which bears a lot of weight, is the hostility of the American public to Hirohito and their desire to see him dethroned. 76 Grew disagreed, but he held little inﬂuence with Truman and was easily overruled. Given that the clariﬁcation of unconditional surrender was intended to be issued with a shock, the crucial question is why and how it turned out to be the atomic bomb—and not Soviet entry—that became that shock. This question is almost never asked because it seems self-evident that the atomic bomb—today seen as an intrinsically special weapon— would be a natural ﬁt for the shock strategy.