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by on June 4, 2012

I’m reading through “The Day of Battle” right now and I’m surprised(while at the same time not) at how horrible we did with early airborne operations. The drop after the invasion was shot to pieces by our own Navy (lost over 20 planes). The initial drop also didn’t go well just by horrible navigation. Granted this was a new way to wage war at the time but I guess I didn’t think about how badly coordinated and planned a lot of those operations were.


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  1. Friendly fire was a real serious issue for us for at least the first half of the world war 2. I believe that the Americans cause some serious damage in the Africa campaign to their own side from friendly fire, also due to a real lack of coordinating their attack. The same goes for several earlier battles in the Pacific – our AA guns on some of the ships actually shot down pilots trying to find the fleet while trying to land at night. Its easy to judge now, but as you pointed out, this was a new form of warfare… and this is all before computers and radar. Radar did start to help things out sometime mid-war, but still that version of radar didn’t differentiate between friend or foe – it just showed a blip for… something out there. Coordinating massive assaults from ground and air while under fire and the general stress of combat is a LOT harder in a world without computers, satellites, GPS, and even radar. All they had really was radio and even that was spotty at best at times.

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