>>1030 If we can talk about the atrocities of the British, Dutch, French and American Empires then sure, why not? German Empires don't count because it's ridiculous to even call any of the previous German states an "empire"
During the last months of the war, Ishii was preparing for a long-distance attack on the United States. This operation, codenamed "Cherry Blossoms at Night", called for the use of airplanes to spread plague over Southern California at night. The plan was finalized on March 26, 1945. Five of the new I-400-class long-range submarines were to be sent across the Pacific Ocean, each carrying three Aichi M6A Seiran aircraft loaded with plague-infected fleas. The submarines were to surface near San Diego and launch the aircraft towards the target, either to drop the plague via balloon bombs, or to crash in enemy territory. Either way, the plague would then infect people in the area and kill perhaps tens of thousands. The mission was extremely risky for the pilots and submariners, likely a one-way kamikaze mission.
the line between civilian and combatant is very hazy in the case of total war. And even if you really wanna make a point that innocents died, yeah you're right. It had to be a crippling blow to the japanese to show we meant business and would wipe their whole country off the map if they didn't give up.
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