The decision to bomb Dresden on February 13-14 1945, will continue to be one of the more controversial actions of the Second World War. The city was a cultural center of Germany with many historic world famous buildings; it was neither significant to German wartime production or a major industrial center. The city hadn’t suffered any major attack before then, so by February 1945 it was filled with refugees. They were fleeing bombing raids and most importantly the advancing red army to the east. At the time Dresden’s population was some 350,000, however with so many refugees it would have swelled much higher.
Over 1,300 British and American bombers dropped 2,400 tons of high explosives and 1,500 tons of incendiary Bombs on Dresden. A firestorm swept through the city killing tens of thousands, leaving it a smoldering ruin that could have been seen from the air over 500 miles away. The actual number of civilians killed is still argued over today. The purported figures are particularly wide, ranging from approximately 20,000 to well over 100,000 fatalities. The exact number of civilians present is difficult to prove.
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