Curtis LeMay’s pragmatic approach to war.

scan0207“Uranium; plutonium; ‘Little Boy, Fat Man’: the world knows those weapons now, every school child knows.” The speaker was General Curtis LeMay. From the comfortable repose of retirement, LeMay reflected on the firebombing of Tokyo in 1945 and the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. “Nothing new about death, nothing new about deaths caused militarily. We scorched and boiled and baked to death more people in Tokyo on that night of March 9-10 than went up in vapor at Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined.”

1. Lemay and Kantor, Missions with LeMay, p. 387


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