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The Second World War’s best-known targeting method, as much for propaganda reasons as anything else


The accurate bombing of targets has always been prized by military commanders, initially to maximise the limited effect of bombs dropped by aircraft, and later to avoid what is euphemistically called collateral damage. In the 1930s, highaltitude bombing seemed likely to avoid defences, and thus accurate aiming from more than 20,000ft became a requirement.

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