Allied ground troops had watched the great bomber fleets roar out from England night & day, had exulted over 1,000-plane assaults and 3,500-ton bomb loads.
But infantrymen had sometimes wondered what strategic air power really was accomplishing. Now they knew.
For Cologne, where the R.A.F. first tried saturation bombing, was at last in American hands and available for expert Allied study. During the war Allied flyers had sent some 42,000 tons of bombs smashing down upon Cologne. And the city, once more populous than Pittsburgh, once a great industrial center, once a hub of communication lines, had died violently.
As the 3rd Armored Division...