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How Did New Aircraft Technology Impact the outcome of WW2.

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Jet Engines

When the Germans first introduced jet engines to the Nazi empire it was not fast and efficient enough to compete with other countries' new technology. The engine sat on the ground unused because it took up so much fuel. Shortly afterward, the British made their version of the jet engine, and had it sent to America so it could be better engineered. After the U.S. improved it by combining the standard engine and the jet engine. The U.S. put the British jet engine in the Bell XP-83, a plane made for escorting bombers to Japan and Europe. The U.S. liked sending these planes because the Bell XP-83 could fly long distances making it less likely to crash into the ocean. This minimized deaths in the war drastically. Also the Bell XP-83 could fly at a very high altitudes, allowing pilots to fly high with the bombers so they could protect the bombers against the enemy anti-aircraft planes and artillery.

Attacking Big Cities

During WW2 most attacks were strategically planned many days in advance. These plans included planes attacking big cities with aircrafts. Attacking the enemies big cities, destroyed their economy, causing chaos in their country and government. For example, an air raid of one week could kill up to 50,000 people. These air raids also destroyed military equipment and vehicles which were being stored for combat. Another example is how the U.S. and British bombed Hamburg Germany, destroying their sea port containing U-boats, and leaving 42,600 people dead. The outcome of all these bombs left people fearful and scared for life from the the hardships they had to face during and after the war. Enormous amounts of people were left homeless, unemployed, and in poverty.

Oil In WW2

At the beginning of WW2 most battles took place over the ocean or small islands. As the war progressed more strategy and planning went into aerial attacks. Some of the most significant attacks on enemy countries were planned to destroy oil storage and factories. When bombs were dropped in these areas it was not an accident, because if a country did not have oil they could not power vehicles, make electricity, or power their factories. Once the countries factories were destroyed they could not make food, ammunition, planes, etc. For example The United States and Great Britain planned an attack on Berlin which produced lots of Germany's fuel. After this attack Germany was not able to power there planes, leaving German airspace defenseless.
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FRONTLINE WWII: Heavy Bombing of German Factories (1943, 720p)