I'm not discounting the heavy disruption that was caused by such a bombardment and the same descriptions of this horror are the same ones used to describe the weekly and monthly artillery bombardments in WW1. The fact that the same bombardment injured almost just as many Allied soldiers should be sufficient reason to understand why these bombardments did not continue as a reasonable tactical option. You're not going to get approval from a ground commander to conduct close carpet bombings when you know hundreds of your guys are going to get injured. Bayerlein also counts a large number of German soldiers that were counted as casualties by being "missing". US Army official histories account for these "casualties" as stunned German soldiers that quickly became POWs. The effects of the breakthrough of Cobra are often attributed to the carpet bombing (usually by aviators) when the Lehr was already exhausted and critically short of ammunition.
I honestly don't care how you decide to play the game nor am I interested in straight jacketing players. I'm just interested in having realistic consequences to those actions.
4. Carpet bombing wasn't any more effective than normal close air support with single engine aircraft so why continue?
Finally, units were not obliterated by aerial bombardments any more than they were obliterated by massive artillery bombardments. Fighting soldiers are surprising resilient in fixed fighting positions.
The digging in of the infantry was useless and did not protect against bombing. . . . Dugouts and foxholes were smashed, the men buried, and we were unable to save them. The same happened to guns and tanks . . . . it seems to me, that a number of men who survived the pattern bombing . . . surrendered soon to the attacking infantry or escaped to the rear.
The first line has [sic] been annihilated by the bombing. . . . The three-hour bombardment on 25.7--after the smaller one a day before--had exterminating morale effect on the troops physically and morally weakened by continual hard fighting for 45 days. The long duration of the bombing, without any possibility for opposition, created depressions and a feeling of helplessness, weakness and inferiority. Therefore the morale attitude of a great number of men grew so bad that they, feeling the uselessness of fighting, surrendered, deserted to the enemy or escaped to the rear, as far as they survived the bombing. Only particularly strong nerved and brave men could endure this strain.
The shock effect was nearly as strong as the physical effect (dead and wounded). During the bombardment . . . some of the men got crazy and were unable to carry out anything. I have been personally on 24.7 and 25.7 in the center of the bombardment and could experience the tremendous effect. For me, who during this war was in every theater committed at the points of the main efforts, this was the worst I ever saw.
The well-dug-in infantry was smashed by the heavy bombs in their foxholes and dugouts or killed and buried by blast. The positions of infantry and artillery were blown up. The whole bombed area was transformed into fields covered with craters, in which no human being was alive. Tanks and guns were destroyed and overturned and could not be recovered, because all roads and passages were blocked. . . .
Very soon after the beginning of the bombardment every kind of telephone communication was eliminated. As nearly all C.P.'s [Command Posts] were situated in the bombed area, radio was almost impossible. The communication was limited to [motorcycle] messengers, but this was also rather difficult because many roads were interrupted and driving during the bombardment was very dangerous and required a lot of time.
The Fallschirmjäger attachment simply disappeared, except a few survivors.
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