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OT: On this day in 1945...Japanese bomb Saskatchewan - 1/12/2020 5:26:05 PM   
ReadyR

 

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Some may have heard of this story…this would be getting close to the desperation end of the tactics scale. I thought the photos were interesting…

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/japanese-balloon-bombs-in-saskatchewan-1.3444445

https://www.rcinet.ca/en/2017/01/12/canada-history-jan-12-1945-japan-bombs-saskatchewan/
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RE: OT: On this day in 1945...Japanese bomb Saskatchewan - 1/12/2020 8:41:28 PM   
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Very interesting thanks for sharing. Although I've heard of the bombings I didn't know about the deaths involved. That's very sad.

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RE: OT: On this day in 1945...Japanese bomb Saskatchewan - 1/12/2020 8:51:12 PM   
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Given the population density of Saskatchewan at the time I imagine the only possible inhabitants that might panic over knowledge of these bombs might be those of moose or mule deer.

However, I do wonder what the political fallout would have been had the Japanese ever used biological agents in these bombs as was once planned.

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RE: OT: On this day in 1945...Japanese bomb Saskatchewan - 1/12/2020 9:35:30 PM   
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the idea was to start forest fires. and balloons landed all over the west coast of NA

there was no panic because the story was censored/ suppressed until after the war end

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RE: OT: On this day in 1945...Japanese bomb Saskatchewan - 1/12/2020 10:57:23 PM   
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I believe that at least one American was killed as well.

As far as fighting fires, there was a black parachute unit that was used to fight fires. They were the original smoke jumpers.

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RE: OT: On this day in 1945...Japanese bomb Saskatchewan - 1/13/2020 6:52:53 AM   
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RE: OT: On this day in 1945...Japanese bomb Saskatchewan - 1/13/2020 10:33:15 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: RangerJoe

I believe that at least one American was killed as well.



If memory serves, was that a young mother and possibly additionally an infant child?

It was a long way from Guernica, and an excellent example of the stupidity of the Empire of Japan going to war with America (& Australia of course ;-) )


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RE: OT: On this day in 1945...Japanese bomb Saskatchewan - 1/13/2020 11:42:43 AM   
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Fu-Go balloon bomb https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fu-Go_balloon_bomb

"On May 5, 1945, a pregnant woman and five children were killed when they discovered a balloon bomb that had landed in the forest of Gearhart Mountain in Southern Oregon. "

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