[Marxism] It's the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Dresden

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Sat Feb 12 19:38:59 MST 2005

  The bombing of Dresden

Jon Lamb

Sixty years ago, on the evening of February 13, 1945, 234 British 
bombers set off for the German city of Dresden. They were followed a few 
hours later by an additional 538 and the next day by a wave of 311 US 
bombers. Laden with high explosives and some 700,000 phosphorous 
incendiary bombs, the 14-hour long bombing operation laid waste to 
Dresden, killing tens of thousands of people and devastating one of 
Europes finest centres of culture and art.

Dresden was of no military significance in World War II and had few, if 
any, strategic targets of importance to the war effort. In the briefings 
before the mission, bomber crews were not given any specific details on 
bombing runs or targets. The whole city of at least 1.2 million people  
including non-combatants, refugees, the wounded and prisoners of war  
was the target.


Michael Perelman wrote:

>Is the Dresden story true?

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