The overstated death toll is in the the mathematical equivalent of the common denominator which lies as the heart of any debate about the bombing.
During the most intense period, from 13 to 15 February1, bombers from a combined RAF and USAAF force dropped more than 3, tons of high explosives and firebombs upon the beleaguered city.
In the resulting fire 1. I have no axe to grind. The psychological aspect of those under an aerial-attack plays in important and often understood part in determining the most accurate number of those who killed.
Any recommendation such as that recommended by Crossman to persecute the planners for crimes against humanity was answered by Harmon as indeed what had to be done, no matter how regretful they may seem, had to be done.
Tuesday 13 FebruaryBloomsbury,p. Irving included in this the claim that Kleiner, the leader of the Red Cross delegation, had been informed in the presence of witnesses by Mehnert that the death toll wasRooseveltPresident of the neutral United States, issued an appeal to the major belligerents Britain, France, Germany, and Poland to confine their air raids to military targets, and "under no circumstances undertake bombardment from the air of civilian populations in unfortified cities"  The British and French agreed to abide by the request, with the British reply undertaking to "confine bombardment to strictly military objectives upon the understanding that these same rules of warfare will be scrupulously observed by all their opponents".
I think these three reasons probably cover the bombing. But, since one of the major criticism levelled at Irving by the Defendants relates to his claim as to the number of those killed in the raids, I shall first set out what his claims have been. Unfortunately this information was received after the most recent edition of Dresden had gone to press.
Irving suggested that many would have been burnt literally to ashes. Finally they rely on what the Defendants assert to be not merely misrepresentation of the evidence but an invention on the part of Irving, namely his claim that the figures ofandhad been supplied at the time to Kleinert of the Red Cross see paragraph For instance, in the same diary entry he wrote that when the R.
These innocent non-combatants, who already suffered from appalling rape, robbery, drowning and enslavement now became targets for bombs as well. Funfack suggested that Irving contact the Red Cross. Far from approving these writings, Nizkor condemns them and provides them so that its readers can learn the nature and extent of hate and antisemitic discourse.
Even in Januarywhen German defeat was clearly imminent, Harris and Portal further advocated even more destruction being visited upon Leipzig, Magdeburg, Chemnitz, Dresden, Breslau, Posen, Halle, Erfurt, Gotha, Weimar, Eisenach, and the rest of Berlin, in other words, all points refugees were flocking to.
Not only do British and American fighting men demand a far higher standard of living than most of their enemies.
Come in and bomb glow of red target indicators as planned. Outrageous accounts of the death toll reached even astounding proportions in the s. Indeed, it was of course set against the backdrop of the wholesale destruction and planned extermination of whole groups of people because of their ethnicity, political allegiances or religious beliefs.
Bomber Command, Arthur Harris issued the following directive: The Eighth Air Force had already bombed the railway yards near the centre of the city twice in daytime raids: And so the Allies resolved to attack Dresden, a city now teeming with refugees who had retreated in the face of the Soviet advance.
The firebombing of Dresden would prove the exception to this rule. The directives issued to the Luftwaffe for the Polish Campaign were to prevent the Polish Air Force from influencing the ground battles or attacking German territory. Even more important, they insist that they should not be required to risk death in close combat if remote-control methods of destroying the enemy are available.
By this point in the war, the Luftwaffe was seriously hampered by a shortage of both pilots and aircraft fuel; the German radar system had also been degraded, lowering the warning time to prepare for air attacks.
Estimates today range from 35, toAided by weather conditions, a firestorm developed, incinerating tens of thousands of people.
For Nazis, it was soldiers ordered to directly kill Jews that influenced how and why more gas chambers were created. Such, after all, is human nature This group of Lancasters carried tons of high explosives and tons of incendiaries "fire bombs". It seems to me that the moment has come when the question of bombing of German cities simply for the sake of increasing the terror, though under other pretexts, should be reviewed.
The Luftwaffe air campaign resulted in the deaths of an estimated 20, — 25, civilians.
It also said there were barracks, hutted camps, and a munitions storage depot. The argument of whether or not the aerial-bombing demands repercussions for being too excessive or not necessary minimizes the psychological aspects of how much it benefits those who utilize it to perfection.
Mortality figures from Allied bombing, kept top secret for many years, now trickled out, as did photos, personal accounts and old newspaper clippings. Allied bombing destroyed well over one third of all German books as its universities and libraries and museums were unnecessarily obliterated not including those in German lands taken away!
But we must wait things out and attack, attack! JWPC,7.When people think of the Allied bombing of Germany, “Dresden” automatically springs to mind, surely not Wesel, Nürnberg or Würzburg or the hundreds of other obliterated German towns and cities.
Apr 11, · Was Allied bombing of Germany in WW2 justified? I am currently reading Moral Combat by Michael Burleigh, a so-called 'moral history' of the Second World War.
Towards the end of the book he discusses the Allied (primarily British) bombing of German cities, which resulted in huge numbers of casualties and wide-scale.
The city was a significant target for the Allied bombing attacks owing to the fact that it was an important port and industrial center and the site of major German shipyards and U-boat pens. The most severe bombing raid on the city came from a combined force of British and American bombers during the last week of July Dresden was a civilian town with no military significance.
the key question on today’s anniversary remains whether the bombing of Dresden. Mar 29, · Watch video · The Allies claimed that by bombing Dresden, they were disrupting important lines of communication that would have hindered the Soviet offensive.
This may be true, but there is no disputing that the British incendiary attack on the night of February 13 to February 14 was conducted also, if not primarily, for the purpose of. The WWII Bombing of Dresden: Propaganda and Mythology By: Michael W.
Kramer. Home No aerial bombing during WWII would end up being considered such a controversial act as the bombing of Dresden. To talk about the western Allies' bombing of Dresden was.Download