Dresden Was A Shameful Part Of History.

by Daniel Russ on July 29, 2016

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On February 13th, 1945, the first wave of three nights of bombing raids dropped incendiaries on the bedroom town of Dresden, Germany. During that night and the next two nights 1300 RAF and USAAF planes dropped what amounted to almost 4000 tons of ordinance.

The death rate was a guess. The sorts of census taking one needs to get this information didn’t exit in the exacting configurations that we have today. That said, all the authorities and war planners and witnesses that could be questioned give the estimate at 25,000. Most of these were men women and children, non combatants.

The city did have some factories that made weapon parts, and there were important north south travel corridors. Still, the main targets apparently were citizens.

Lothat Metzer was a witness who wrote in 1999 this accounts:

About 9:30 PM the alarm was given. We children knew that sound and got up and dressed quickly, to hurry downstairs into our cellar which we used as an air raid shelter. My older sister and I carried my baby twin sisters, my mother carried a little suitcase and the bottles with milk for our babies. On the radio we heard with great horror the news: “Attention, a great air raid will come over our town!” This news I will never forget.

Some minutes later we heard a horrible noise — the bombers. There were nonstop explosions. Our cellar was filled with fire and smoke and was damaged, the lights went out and wounded people shouted dreadfully. In great fear we struggled to leave this cellar. My mother and my older sister carried the big basket in which the twins were lain. With one hand I grasped my younger sister and with the other I grasped the coat of my mother.

We did not recognize our street any more. Fire, only fire wherever we looked. Our 4th floor did not exist anymore. The broken remains of our house were burning. On the streets there were burning vehicles and carts with refugees, people, horses, all of them screaming and shouting in fear of death. I saw hurt women, children, old people searching a way through ruins and flames.

We fled into another cellar overcrowded with injured and distraught men women and children shouting, crying and praying. No light except some electric torches. And then suddenly the second raid began. This shelter was hit too, and so we fled through cellar after cellar. Many, so many, desperate people came in from the streets. lt is not possible to describe! Explosion after explosion. It was beyond belief, worse than the blackest nightmare. So many people were horribly burnt and injured. lt became more and more difficult to breathe. lt was dark and all of us tried to leave this cellar with inconceivable panic. Dead and dying people were trampled upon, luggage was left or snatched up out of our hands by rescuers. The basket with our twins covered with wet cloths was snatched up out of my mothers hands and we were pushed upstairs by the people behind us. We saw the burning street, the falling ruins and the terrible firestorm. My mother covered us with wet blankets and coats she found in a water tub.

We saw terrible things: cremated adults shrunk to the size of small children, pieces of arms and legs, dead people, whole families burnt to death, burning people ran to and fro, burnt coaches filled with civilian refugees, dead rescuers and soldiers, many were calling and looking for their children and families, and fire everywhere, everywhere fire, and all the time the hot wind of the firestorm threw people back into the burning houses they were trying to escape from.

I cannot forget these terrible details. I can never forget them.

Strategic bombing was the brainchild of Sir Arthur Harris, British Head of the Air Ministry. Dresden, unfortunately was only one of many slaughters.






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Judy Brown September 15, 2017 at 11:08 am

I do not have a problem with this!

Daniel Russ September 15, 2017 at 11:28 am

That’s unfortunate

Louis October 18, 2017 at 7:57 am

In order to defeat the enemy, you run the risk that you become that which you fight. To not stoop to that level, as you fight for your, and his, live, is the hardest thing to do. Too often, in history, we do descent to that level.

pappa gone February 17, 2018 at 7:01 am

as in similar articles of this wagon of lies of that website the number is very different. the writer forgot only one zero after 25000. the real number of dead is 250000/300000. As in the case of german killed AFTER THE WAR where article tell of 500 thousandt of dead from russian american french english and Polish and slav and all the winners, the real number of killed was 9 millions and this is only the number of dead AFTER the war. I repeat 9 millions after, during the war the number is near impossible to figure, but if only in 3 bombardment of Dresdem we had 300 thousandt of lives ended, what was the figure in 5 years of indiscriminate bombing?
that system was started from one of the most evil criminal of war ever existed CHURCHILL this was the worst criminal of war from 2 world wars, you must remember that this infamous evil bandit started also war with Turkey losing in dardanelles at Gallipoli sending austalians, indians, south african colinial armies (and not english soldiers……as in WW2 where in all the worst battles of war we can see aussies, indians, polish, french, etc. etc. also scots and irish but rarely english soldiers).

Daniel Russ February 17, 2018 at 7:06 am

You don’t use any citations for your claims and your don’t use any grammar. This is the last thing that you wrote that will go on my blog. Please take your meds.

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