'Tokyo's Burning' (ABC Radio National - Radio Eye - 1995)

Tokyo's Burning was made to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the mass firebombing of Tokyo in March 1945 in which 100000 people died and several million were 'de-housed'.The feature includes eyewitness accounts from Japanese on the ground, and the French war correspondent Robert Guillain and a B 29 bomber pilot who describes in vivid detail the firestorm created by napalm. May 24 is the anniversary of the second big attack on Tokyo. The feature explores the history of the bombardment of civilian populations since the beginning of aerial warfare and also challenges the conventional wisdom that the atomic bombs were 'necessary' to end the war.

Tokyo's Burning won a Prix Italia for radio documentary.

Producers: Tony Barrell
Sound Engineer: Russell Stapleton
First Broadcast: 1995
Duration: 51:22
Network: ABC Radio National

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