Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Coen, Ross Allen.

Title Fu-go : the curious history of Japan's balloon bomb attack on America / Ross Coen
Published Lincoln, NB : University of Nebraska Press, [2014]
Online access available from:
EBSCO eBook Academic Collection    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource
Series Studies in war, society, and the military
Studies in war, society, and the military.
Contents Paper -- Thermopolis -- Alturas -- BW -- Alaska -- Defense -- Canada -- Censorship -- Summer -- Epilogue -- Appendix: Maps and table of fu-go incidents
Summary Near the end of World War II, in an attempt to attack the United States mainland, Japan launched its fu-go campaign, deploying thousands of high-altitude hydrogen balloons armed with incendiary and high-explosive bombs designed to follow the westerly winds of the upper atmosphere and drift to the west coast of North America. After reaching the mainland, these fu-go, the Japanese hoped, would terrorize American citizens and ignite devastating forest fires across the western states, ultimately causing the United States to divert wartime resources to deal with the domestic crisis. While the fu-go offensive proved to be a complete tactical failure, six Americans lost their lives when a discovered balloon exploded.Ross Coen provides a fascinating look into the obscure history of the fu-go campaign, from the Japanese schoolgirls who manufactured the balloons by hand to the generals in the U.S. War Department who developed defense procedures. The book delves into panic, propaganda, and media censorship in wartime. Fu-go is a compelling story of a little-known episode in our national history that unfolded virtually unseen
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, Japanese.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Balloons -- West (U.S.)
West (U.S.) -- History -- 1890-1945.
West (U.S.) -- History, Military.
Genre/Form Military history.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0803249667
0803256671 (electronic bk.)
1322111049 (ebk)
9780803256675 (electronic bk.)
9780803256682 (epub)
9780803256699 (mobi)
9781322111049 (ebk)
Other Titles Curious history of Japan's balloon bomb attack on America