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Bat Bomb: “Japs”, Bats, “Nuts”, and a Tiger!

Toon, Wendy ORCID: (2010) Bat Bomb: “Japs”, Bats, “Nuts”, and a Tiger! In: Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts, Academic Staff Seminars, 8 December 2010, University of Worcester. (Unpublished)

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World War II led to many important military and technological developments. While the atom bomb was perhaps the most significant, it was not the only unconventional weapon developed by the Americans. Surprisingly, and now even perhaps laughably, “Project X-Ray” began development of the oft overlooked “bat bomb”. These were exceptional times and exceptional solutions to the Japanese “problem” needed to be found. This paper explores the development of the project, its high-profile supporters, including President Franklin Roosevelt, and the reasons behind the idea. It will reflect particularly on American assessments of Japan and the Japanese which made such a project possible.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
E History America > E151 United States (General)
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Wendy Toon
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2022 08:49
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2022 08:49

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