There was no military value to it. No arms production or anything else, yet we bombed and burned it to hell.
It does to me also! Always has.
I always thought of it as “Hey Russia! Look what we can do! You’re all about your mighty Bear, but wait ‘til you see our claws!”
Good question, I don't know. I'm not an historian, but if you find out, let us all know. Very interesting.
Thanks, I don't know much about WWII, except it was a horrible war as is with all wars. However, I had a brother-in-law that went through the Battle of the Bulge and survived.
The Allies claimed that by bombing Dresden, they were disrupting important lines of communication that would have hindered the Soviet offensive. This may be true, but there is no disputing that the British incendiary attack on the night of February 13 to February 14 was conducted also, if not primarily, for the purpose of terrorizing the German population and forcing an early surrender. It should be noted that Germany, unlike Japan later in the year, did not surrender until nearly the last possible moment, when its capital had fallen and Hitler was dead.
I don't know if we'll ever find out for sure. The worse survivor story I've read said it so hot that asphalt streets had turned to molten liquid, and that the people stuck in them were doomed; they screamed as they were burned alive, and it was impossible to help them. Unimaginable horror.
I've also read that the intent of the second air raid that night was to catch the rescue workers and fire fighters who had become exposed. Later still allied fighter planes came to strafe the refugees fleeing the city.
When civilians are targeted, which was an accepted strategy in WWII, it seems more like murder than war.
There is never any good reason for war, except that governments don't know any other way to pretend their services are needed. One of the first things the new congress did after it came into existence was to declare war on pirates. They were not actually much of a problem, but it was pretty certain that the new nation could whip them and it was a good excuse to start up a navy.
Because we could. War brings out the darker side of man, and seldom are those giving the orders there to witness or experience the carnage up close and personal. And the victors never have to answer "But why?".
A POW from England who was there: