When the squadron is assigned to bomb ammunition dumps at Bologna

When the squadron is assigned to bomb ammunition dumps at Bologna

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Unformatted text preview: When the squadron is assigned to bomb ammunition dumps at Bologna, the airmen know that the targets have the reputation of being some of the most heavily guarded and dangerous in the area. After the squadron receives its assignment, Yossarian devises a brilliant plan. While others pray for reprieve, he remembers that the intelligence tent displays an easel map of Italy on which a strand of scarlet satin ribbon indicates the farthest advance of Allied troops. Bombs are to be dropped only on targets beyond (north of) that line, which now runs forty-two miles south of Bologna. Reversing cause and effect, Yossarian sneaks to the easel map one night and moves the red satin ribbon to a point north of Bologna, indicating that the city has been taken. The mission must be canceled, at least for the time, because the Allies apparently have "captured" Bologna. Initially, no one bothers to check the reality of the situation; for the establishment, if the map says Bologna is captured, then...
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