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Was bombing Dresden a war crime?

Even Churchill distanced himself from this “act of terror”

By Piers Brendon   March 2020
The aftermath of the Dresden bombing Source: Wikimedia Commons

The aftermath of the Dresden bombing Source: Wikimedia Commons

The destruction of Dresden has come to symbolise the horrors of total war. In mid-February 1945, 800 Allied aircraft dropped high explosive bombs, engulfing the city in a firestorm visible 50 miles away. Its centre was reduced to incandescent rubble and 25,000 people were killed: whirled away by tornadoes of flame, asphyxiated as the inferno sucked oxygen from the atmosphere. Cellars which served as shelters became, as Kurt Vonnegut wrote, “corpse mines.” One…

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