It seems to me that the moment has come when the question of bombing of German cities simply for the sake of increasing the terror, though under other pretexts, should be reviewed
I never spent much time wondering what was going on down below. I eased my conscience by feeling that the Germans must do what we'd been doing, which was to evacuate non-participants. I'd done my duty, which was to take a load of high explosive to an aiming point laid down by those in authority above me, whom I trusted. If I'd been an imaginative character I might have wondered exactly what happened when those bombs hit, but I merely hoped that I was hitting a factory, or machine tools or something of that ilk. The only way I could have got a picture of the effect of bomb attack on people was to go to the East End of London.
Despite over 590,000 German civilian fatalities, nearly 490,000 others seriously wounded, and over 3½ million dwelling units destroyed or heavily damaged, German morale did not break and the war continued until Allied ground troops occupied all of Germany. The goal of de-housing industrial workers in an air campaign was not achieved.
Clearly, the decision to leave it in ruins was influenced by Soviet desires for anti-Western propaganda.
Incidentally, Kurt Vonnegut was there in Dresden (as a POW) when the place was firebombed.
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