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
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
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
An up to 1000
degrees hot fire storm was created that raged with
tremendous violence in the streets of the metropolis on
The historic Old
Town with architectural attractions such as the Zwinger
Palace, the Castle and the Frauenkirche, was totally
250,000 - 300,000
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
The convenience of the senseless
destruction of German cities
gave also among the Allies rise