29 November, 2012
Math, science, and new inventions had a profound effect on World War II. Advancements in weapons, communication, transportation, and combat all made WWII the most unique global conflict. Perhaps some of the most dynamic weapons were planes like the B-29, radar, and bombsights (Sulzberger, 421).
Radar, “the ability to use radio waves to detect objects at a distance” (Mindell), became popular and essential even during the war. The ability to see enemies coming made sneak attacks nearly impossible. This changed warfare in that one could no longer surprise an enemy so their entire approach to an attack had to be changed. This contributed to the development of Guerilla warfare. Not only could radar detect enemies coming but it helped in navigation, also known as GPS (Mindell). Meteorology was extremely helpful when planning attacks and other war operations. Radar made this possible by helping to track storms.
Equipment that built upon the invention of radar were planes, such as the B-29. Known as the B-29 Superfortress, this plane was “the ultimate air weapon of WWII” (Sulzberger, 421). Invented just before the United States entered the war, these planes weighed roughly sixty tons, yet could fly for sixteen hours nonstop. They could drop bombs that wiped out cities at a time and could even do this via remote control. Until the B-29 was invented by the Americans, the German V-2 was the most powerful plane of the war (Johnston, 322). The invention and utilization of the B-29 changed the game for airborne fighting. While they were heavy machines, they were still fast and extremely powerful. Because of these planes, the German Luftwaffe and the Japanese Air Force (JASDF) became less of a threat to America and its allies. B-29 planes were even useful in ending the war seeing as the atomic bomb over Nagasaki was...