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15
July
2011

Dresden: the forgotten war crime? Part 1 of 2 - The result

Result of the fire bombing of Dresden

Despite the knowledge of all these facts the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill who was the ultimate person responsible for the air raid, for he was heavily involved in both the planning and the organization of it, insisted that an air raid should be carried out also over Dresden by pressing the Secretary of State for Air Archibald Sinclair for a plan of operation. But even when they decided to carry on, they could have been extra careful by applying more precision during the attack and supply the pilots with accurate information both about the targets and their actual position on the ground.

Instead the British - advocating for indiscriminate city bombings as a method of terror to demoralize the enemy into surrender - and the United States - initially introduced aerial precision bombing, done by the American Army Air Force as a way of destroying the elements of the war economy while avoiding to many civilian casualties. - applied a disproportionate, indiscriminate area bombing of Dresden inhabited city center, that in addition caused a fire storm that almost completely destroyed it. Even those seeking shelter in their basement could not escape the heat and smoke. Those days that the bombs fell on the city of Dresden, on all with no distinction of individual peoples. Just like when the sun sets, it sets for all.

The ultimate result of the fire bombing of Dresden? A maximum of 25,000 civilian casualties, mostly women and children of which 20,100 are known by name was reported by an independent investigation commissioned by the city council of Dresden, which was published in 2010. It took the German Dresden historians 5 years of research to finish their report. Others maintain a higher casualty rate. And the military objectives, were they met? No! Not all of the communication infrastructure, such as the bridges and railway were in fact targeted. As for the military facilities, they remained intact to this day.

Not to endorse people's agenda on this matter, but only to give an impression of the devastation caused in Dresden: The bombing of Dresden

Winston Churchill in a top secret telegram, which he later after the bombing of Dresden changed to accommodate the Chief of the Air Staff and the AOC in C of RAF Bomber Command and also to distance himself from the fire bombing of Dresden: 

"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... I feel the need for more precise concentration upon military objectives such as oil and communications behind the immediate battle-zone, rather than on mere acts of terror and wanton destruction, however impressive." [Source Wikipedia]

Which other pretexts? An unanswered question to this day.

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: Opinion