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Title: WWII—Japan

Voice: The strategic bombing campaign in the Pacific Theater had a devastating effect on the Japanese homeland. Under the direction of General Curtis E. LeMay, American bombers conducted nighttime, low-level incendiary attacks against vulnerable Japanese cities. By early June 1945, strategic air attacks had completely destroyed five of Japan’s principal urban areas.

Action: Screen begins with the following sentence shown high, center screen:

Strategic bombing of the Japanese homeland gave further credence to the efficacy of air power

Action: Midway through the narration, a picture of B-29s dropping bombs is shown on screen left. Three-fourths of the way through the narration, a picture of a bombed city is shown beside B-29s on right, center screen.

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