Global conflict during World War II served as a catalyst for technological advances in many areas. As the video above describes, during WWI a twenty-pound bomb was considered large, and early in WWII, a 1,000-pound bomb was massive. In 1941, a British aeronautical engineer named Barnes Wallis presented a paper entitled A Note on a Method of Attacking the Axis Powers. In that note, Wallis showed how a 10-ton bomb would weigh enough to penetrate deep underground, and if dropped close to a building, the bomb would function as an earthquake and transmit the explosive shockwaves into the building’s foundations. To...

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