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by Alexander McKee

eBook Dresden 1945: The Devil's Tinderbox download ISBN: 0760720304
Author: Alexander McKee
Publisher: Barnes & Noble; Reprint edition (2000)
Language: English
Pages: 339
ePub: 1605 kb
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Category: History
Subcategory: Europe

An aspect of the Dresden bombing that remains a question today is how many people died during the attacks of February 13-14, 1945.

An aspect of the Dresden bombing that remains a question today is how many people died during the attacks of February 13-14, 1945. The city was crammed with uncounted refugees and many POWs in transit. when the raids took place. The exact number of casualties will never be known. McKee believed that the official figures were understated, and that 35,000 to 45,000 died, though "the figure of 35,000 for one night's massacre alone might easily be doubled to 70,000 without much fear of exaggeration, I feel.

He also attempts to explain why the bombing happened, and why the Allies decision to punish this German city (mainly filled with innocent civilians and refugees) was a mistake.

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In this compelling narrative, Alexander McKee examines motive, morality, and responsibility in the horrible Allied raid on Dresden, Germany. Undefended and without strategic significance, this historic city sheltered a million people, half of them refugees. On Feb. 13-15, 1945, 1,300 British & American aircrafts dropped 5000 tons of incendiary and high-explosive bombs, destroying Dresden and causing a 3000F firestorm.

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Dresden, 1945 : The Devil's Tinderbox. By (author) Alexander McKee.

Download The Devils Tinderbox: Dresden, 1945 or any other file from Books category. Alexander McKee carefully assesses the political and military decisions that led to the raids, drawn from official sources and archive material

Download The Devils Tinderbox: Dresden, 1945 or any other file from Books category. Alexander McKee carefully assesses the political and military decisions that led to the raids, drawn from official sources and archive material. Including contemporary photographs that bear witness to the devastating effect of an attack that reduced Dresden to rubble. Download from free file storage. Скачать с помощью Mediaget.

Diğer baskılar - Tümünü görüntüle. Dresden 1945: The Devil's Tinderbox Alexander McKee Metin Parçacığı görünümü - 1984. Dresden 1945: The Devil's Tinderbox. Souvenir Press, 1982. Sık kullanılan terimler ve kelime öbekleri. 0285625152, 9780285625150.

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In this compelling narrative, Alexander McKee examines motive, morality, and responsibility in the horrible Allied raid on Dresden, Germany. Undefended and without strategic significance, this historic city sheltered a million people, half of them refugees. On Feb. 13-15, 1945, 1,300 British & American aircrafts dropped 5000 tons of incendiary and high-explosive bombs, destroying Dresden and causing a 3000F firestorm. Between 35,000 & 100,000 people died, among them American, British, & Russian prisoners of war. Survivors' accounts capture the hope and courage that transcended the horror of the raid. In analyzing the rationale & planning behind the raid, McKee dissects the leadership egos, command rivalries, & hidden agendas that insidiously promoted terror bombing as a British policy - a policy later shared by her American ally. And in demonstrating that the Dresden raid's permanent moral cost greatly exceeded its temporary military benefits, he gives contemporary military strategists powerful reasons for restraint.
Comments: (4)
Viashal
reminder of what i saaw 25 years ago
Cildorais
Prefect it's a book for a high schooler
Rainpick
Alexander McKee provides an interesting account of a tragic event from the last year of WWII. In it, he describes the horrific bombing of Dresden by the British and American planes by using many first-hand accounts from victims of the bombing. He also attempts to explain why the bombing happened, and why the Allies decision to punish this German city (mainly filled with innocent civilians and refugees) was a mistake.
I recommend the book to anyone who is interested in finding out more about this air raid so that you can come to your own conclusion about whether or not "Operation Thunderclap" was needed or justified. Mr. McKee's opinion is that the British made a terrible mistake by pushing for this type of raid (fire bombing of a major cultural center) and should not have targeted the old part of the city, knowing that it would have been full of innocent civilians and refugees.
The descriptions of the bombing are detailed, and at times graphic. You will most likely feel sympathy for the victims as they struggle to survive the bombings. But, my one complaint about the book is that it does not do a very good job of putting this event into the larger framework of the war. Therefore, it is hard to draw a final conclusion about this event, based solely on reading this book.
In my mind, the bombing was ordered for one of three possible reasons. First, the US and Britain may have been trying to help the Russians win the war along the Eastern front. Not a likely scenario since military targets were not bombed. Second, perhaps the Russians needed a large demonstration of US and British air power. To me, this scenario is also less likely, although possible. Finally, the bombing may have been ordered to punish the German people for starting the war. Personally, I find this scenario most likely, especially since this lesson has not been forgotten.
I can say that because my mother comes from Dresden, and I have many family relatives who survived the bombing. I have discussed the bombing with them, and it made a lasting impact on everyone who witnessed it. Also, you can still see the effects it had on the city if you visit today.
If you are interested in this subject, I recommend the book.
Phalaken
Fact is, Dresden was of major strategic importance and a the largest transportation hug in the Third Reich was both heavily defended by ground forces and fortifications and it was in front of the advancing Russian army, who would have taken massive casualties had the city remained untouched. It was a major manufacturing hub of everything from AA guns to poison gas to aircraft components (and other industries, many of which that relied on slave labour), and the supposedly innocent refugees were Germans who had settled on land whose legitimate inhabitants had been murdered for their benefit by the German government.
Furthermore, the area bombing tactics used were a result there being no other options due to the lack of accuracy - neither the USAAF nor the RAF had the ability to target specific buildings, or even blocks, but instead had to use a shotgun approach, which naturally aimed for the city centre. In addition, he treats the Dresden bombing in a moral vacuum, forgetting the much greater atrocities committed by the Germans, whose aggression extended to invading and murdering civilians in all of their neighbours, including France, Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Russia and others.
Atrocities the bombing of Dresden helped end by making it abundantly obvious to a large portion of the German Army that it had could not win.
The propaganda value alone of a city the size of Dresden being utterly destroyed, through which many troops retreating from Russian advanced had to pass through shortened the war.
None of which you'll hear from the author.