It would be a great idea for us to stick to the topic and keep today’s Politics out of it. Besides ..Obama will fix everything now and life will be wonderful
Here’s a recent Thread that’s also discussing Dresden and how German Historians have reassessed the figures.
I also don’t agree with the number they arrived at since it doesn’t look like they had any way of knowing or take into consideration how many refugees and wounded were in the City at the time.
Commission Report on WWII Dresden Bombing Toll - World War Militaria
What it comes down to …There was a lot more than delicate figurines and porcelain produced there --Dresden WAS a legitimate Military Target because of the Rail Hub and the many Factories producing for the War effort.
If anyone doubts that ..you’ll see on the other Thread where I have an original Dresden Phone Book and if you’d like , I can start listing the Companies, their phone numbers and addresses for you.
Also …yes the War was essentially over at that point ---But the Allies knew that Dresden would be in the Soviet Zone and they wanted to “make a Statement” --they felt by leaving a “footprint” where a City once was would let the Soviets know what the Allied Air power was capable of.
When it was over , I think they were shocked at how big of a “footprint” they ended up leaving ..just to influence post war politics.