„Anyone who has lost
the ability to weep learns it again at
the destruction of Dresden.”
happen to anyone,
children and elderly
blown apart by
zinc tubs or
mountains of corpses
danger of disease.
During the second
world war, all in all 1,400,000 tons of bombs were
dropped on German cities. Of air-mines 68,000 pieces,
of blast bombs 800,000, of delayed action bombs of
various types 83,433,000!
Aerial mines (1.8 t)
The aerial mines of
the Allies called "blockbusters" developed an enormous
air pressure tearing lungs and eardrums of humans in
their vicinity. These mines laid everything to rubble
and unroofed every buildings far and wide. Then into the
open, dry attics fire bombs were dropped that set whole
neighborhoods on fire. About 68,000 pieces were dropped
Explosive bombs (between
While the aerial
bombs contained much explosives in a thin steel shell,
the explosive bombs had a relatively small amount of
explosive in a thick steel shell. By the explosion, this
thick steel hull shattered into a thousand pieces
crashing at high speed through walls and human bodies.
Of the explosive bombs that destroyed buildungs and even
firmer floor ceilings about 800,000 pieces were dropped
on Germany during the air war.
bombs were not, as usual, provided with an percussion
fuze. They exploded only minutes or hours later after
the bombing. Their purpose was the annihilation of the
firemen and ambulance personnel who tried to rescue
victims and extinguish fires.
These tanks filled
with a rubber-phosphorus mix shattered upon impact and
on contact with oxygen ignited immediately. In the first
big test 30,000 canisters were dropped in Wuppertal,
inducing a vast fire inferno.
approximately 13 kg incendiary bombs consisting of a
viscous fire mass of benzene and rubber, filled with an
explosive charge for hurling this mix into the
environment. The bombs could not be quenched by water.
Who was hit by this adhesive compound suffered severe
burns and often died. During the bomb war roughly
3,000,000 of these liquid bombs were dropped on Germany.
Flame jet bombs
A variant of the
liquid bombs was the flame jet bomb. The fuel mixture of
magnesium, gasoline and rubber displayed special
features. The contents burned off like fireworks with a
meter-long cascade of fire. From this fire-bomb type
413,000 pieces were used during the Second World War.
These long and
narrow incendiary devices with a hexagonal profile were
dropped in the gigantic amount of 80,000,000 units. With
the thermite filling (650,000 units in Dresden alone!)
entire city areas were set on fire and ignited firestorm.
From 1942 on, these bombs were built with additional
fragmentation charges to kill the firefighters and
pilot cannot help seeing a war
map from the sky ..."