National Geographic : 1945 Mar
U.S.Army Air Forces, Official "Looking Back, I Could See a Column of Smoke, Slow and Heavy and Brown, above theMarshaling Yards ofFlorence" Through this ancient art center, railroad cars carried German munitions in March, 1944. These B-26's were assigned toknock out rail traffic without damaging historic buildings. From the air, the 400-foot-wide yards "looked incredibly narrow" (page 296). Like those in Rome, the targets were struck precisely.