German tragedy of destiny







The Saxon state capital is a particularly clear example of the questionable moral of the Allied bombing.


Dresden was of no interest as a military target. There were hardly any industries of strategic importance, but instead housed many military hospitals and prisoner of war camps on the outskirts.


With its historic buildings and irreplaceable art treasures, therefore also called Florence on the Elbe, Dresden remained up to early 1945 the only major city spared by carpet bombing.


On 13 and 14 February 1945, when the end of the war was anticipated long ago, this gem of Baroque architecture was destroyed by devastating attacks of the British and American Air Force.



British newspaper reporting on the apocalypse


Here, the so-called "Gomorrah"-tactics was applied. First, the roofs were uncovered by high-explosive bombs, then followed 650,000 incendiary bombs containing inextinguishable phosphorus-fire mixture.


An up to 1000 degrees hot fire storm was created that raged with tremendous violence in the streets of the metropolis on the Elbe.



The historic Old Town with architectural attractions such as the Zwinger Palace, the Castle and the Frauenkirche, was totally annihilated.


250,000 - 300,000 dead


At this time the city was crowded with hundreds of thousands of refugees who fled from the eastern territories before the horrific excesses of the Red Army. The hospitals were completely overcrowded with wounded soldiers.


Due to the gigantic wildfires countless victims were charred beyond recognition, mummified, pulverized, buried and burned. Adult humans shrank to doll size.


The city burned for three days. Huge piles of corpses were burned on large grids or buried in mass graves.


Because of the impending danger of disease, not all bomb dead could be counted before the cremation or funeral, let alone registered or identified.


Scene from the movie Dresden




The convenience of the senseless destruction of German cities

gave also among the Allies rise to doubts...