May the Best Firebomb Win

Season 5 - EP5

Episode 5May the Best Firebomb Win


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Basement laboratories. Mad scientists. Sticky gels, and a bake-off in the desert. The strange story behind Curtis LeMay’s weapon of choice. Part two.

The birth of napalm at Harvard University, July 4, 1942.
(Image from Louis Fieser’s The Scientific Method , p. 38.)

Model Japanese home during the napalm bake-off, 1943.

Interior before burning.

M-69 Napalm Bomb Bulletin, 1945

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