Bomb dropped in air raids before the incendiary bombs. Used to blow away roofs, so the incendiary (usually thermite or white phosphorus) got better access to the living spaces. The result were fires stoms which killed most people in the area.
Effectively used in WWII on Coventry, Dresden, Hamburg and other cities.
From this, some event or device that destroys entire housing areas - or empties them of people.
Also, something destructive with really big impact.
One Blockbuster dropped on Dresden in WWII killed over 3000 people. Now that's efficiency for you!
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