Do you know of the controversy that surrounds the bombing of Dresden?
Much of the condemnation was by the Germans after the war. The went so far as calling it “the Dresden Holocaust”.
It was a rail hub so that’s why it was a target. The Germans themselves boasted that Dresden was one of the top 10 leading industrial cities in 1942. There were several armament factories there.
However, the war was nearly over. Hitler would be dead in about 8 weeks. The war was won. The real question is, did it need to happen? Anything coming out of Dresden could not have changed the outcome. So, was it truly a military calculation and necessary measure? I wasn’t there, I don’t know. Earlier in the war, yes perhaps. I am inclined to lean towards no, it was not necessary. That’s just me though and I don’t want to be taking the side of Nazi germany here.
I know one of the men who did it. He does not talk about it, and spent his career post-war as an architect teaching urban design.
I know of it, but fail to understand why people got so bent out of shape over it. The Germans earned what they got many times over, and citizens that blithely went along with it, pretending not to know, are in no way innocent.
Plus the destruction of Japanese cities was a ton worse.
It was brutal
Yes, it was firebombed.