Bombardment can only achieve its objective when the amount of suffering inflicted upon non-combatants is sufficient to break down their resolution, and when the commander permits himself to be influenced or coerced by the sufferers. A threat of bombardment will sometimes induce the target to surrender, but instances of its fulfillment being followed by success are rare; in general, with a determined commander, bombardments fail in their objective. Further, intentionally intense fire at a large target, unlike the slow, steady and minutely accurate artillery attacks directed upon the fortifications, requires the expenditure of large quantities of ammunition and wears out the guns of the attack. Bombardments are, however, frequently resorted to in order to test the temper of the garrison and the civil population, a notable instance being the Siege of Strasbourg in 1870. The term has evolved during the twentieth century to incorporate boarder massed artillery attacks by one army against another, for example the front wide bombardment prior to the 1916 attack on the Somme or the massed bombardments proceeding Operation Uranus during the second world war. The term was previously often loosely employed to describe artillery attacks upon forts or fortified positions in preparation for assaults by infantry.
Earth's Bombardment by Asteroids 3.9 Billion Years Ago May Have Enhanced Early Life, Says University of Colorado Study.
May 20, 2009; Byline: University of Colorado, Boulder BOULDER, Colo., May 20 (AScribe Newswire) -- The bombardment of Earth nearly 4...