saturation bombing


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saturation bombing

[‚sach·ə′rā·shən ′bäm·iŋ]
(ordnance)
Intense area bombing intended to leave no place in a given area free from destructive effects; it may be achieved by dropping many small bombs, or by dropping a medium number of large bombs, or by dropping a single massive bomb.
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Criticism that a two-day saturation bombing would have been more effective than when that fire was on-call and closely directed is not explained.
If urban fighting increases, US strategy will veer toward old-fashioned saturation bombing. The temptation to flatten significant portions of Baghdad by B-52 raids will grow sharply if the land force gets seriously stymied.
America in pursuit of their of their interests, are addicted to saturation bombing. Now bombs have their own logic, thousands of innocent people may be incinerated and probably many of our own, throughfriendly fire.
Despite massive defoliation, saturation bombing, incursions into Cambodia and Laos, and prodigious intelligence efforts, we seldom found them.
BRITAIN'S saturation bombing of German cities during the Second World War is the subject of tonight's edition of Battlefields.
Cronkite, incidentally, was profoundly impressed by the stoicism with which the British endured Hitler's saturation bombing but was inevitably not quite as impressed with British food.
On August 12, later to be called Black Thursday, Ariel Sharon ordered saturation bombing on the scale of Allied attacks on Dresden, Germany, in the Second World War.
Within weeks he appointed Dr Henry Kissinger his National Security Assistant and authorised the secret saturation bombing of neutral Cambodia by B52s.
The Holocaust receives fleeting mention; the saturation bombing of German cities by the Allies no mention at all.
As the growing boy hears the stories of various neighbors and relatives (a number of whom become victims of the regime), stumbles into the eerie desolation of Kristallnacht, and finally suffers the terror of saturation bombing and artillery attack, he is constantly reminded that it is his duty never to forget.
According to history, the Germans staged a night raid on the civilian population, and it is thought to have been a practice run for saturation bombing later used routinely in World War II by both sides.
This will bring about the "end of saturation bombing" of investors, via mass mailings and pot-luck visits to remote open forums.