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The city of Dresden - 1945

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Predominately a civilian city and without any real tactical advantage to be gained, it was smothered with wave upon wave of massive incediary type heavy bombs. Over 170,000 people killed overnight. (At Hiroshima the Yanks managed only half that. They actually managed to kill more people in Tokyo with 'regular' bombs than in Hiroshima.)

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Anonymous said:

Interesting to hear that dweeb Dubya and his crooked cronies wailing about Sadam's nuclear threat when the USA is the only nation - only anything - to EVER make use of this monstrous weapon. Not once, but TWICE!
September 12, 2002

Anonymous said:

Not, that I want to justify the bombing, but it seems, that 170.000 people killed is a "bit" too much. Latest / most common numbers are 25-35.000 with the most pessimistic guess I've found elsewhere o­n the net is, that the number "might be doubled". But at least 100.000 less than mentioned o­n this site.
February 13, 2005

Anonymous said:

And if anyone out there thinks daisy cutters and bunker busters are NOT Weapons of Mass Destruction, they're smoking too much crack! The good old USA has been at the forefront of WMD development since at least WW2!
February 13, 2005

Anonymous said:

When all was said and done, the column of smoke could be seen 50 miles away and stood 15,000 feet high. More than three-fifths of Dresden was destroyed by bombing raids lasting more than 14 hours. This Allied air raid left 24,866 homes destroyed, eleven square miles of prime real estate and irreplaceable cultural treasures devastated, 35,000 recognizable corpses available to be identified, and hundreds of thousands of unrecognizable ones.

How many? Nobody knows for sure. Most honest estimates range from 350,000 to 500,000 dead - many of whom were liquefied into a yellied mass that melted into the asphalt of the roads or were left in piles of ashes amid a city almost totally in ashes and ruins.

One newspaper account published in a German paper, Eidgenosse, (1-3-86) lists 480,000 dead. That count looks like this:

37,000 babies and toddlers

46,000 school age children

55,000 wounded and sick in the hospitals, including their doctors, nurses and other personnel

12,000 rescue personnel

330,000 dead simply described as "men and women."

October 12, 2005

Anonymous said:

Fuck'em. How many did the Nazis kill? Tens of millions. All due to their aggression. So a few hundred thousand got burned...you start the fire you get burned by the fire.

October 12, 2005

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