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Seventy-Five Years Ago The German City Of Dresden Was Firebombed





Daily Mail: Into the inferno: Families boiled alive as they hid in water tanks and fleeing survivors trapped in molten tarmac... 75 years on, the most horrifically vivid account you'll ever read of the Allied bombing of Dresden – by a British PoW who saw it all

* During the final months of WWII, Allied forces bombed German city of Dresden
* British rifleman Victor Gregg was one of hundreds of men being held as a PoW
* On the 75th anniversary of the bombing, this is his eyewitness account

During the final months of World War II, from February 13 to 15, 1945, Allied forces bombed the ancient, cathedral city of Dresden, in eastern Germany.

The bombing was controversial because Dresden's contribution to the war effort was minimal compared with other German cities — though it was a key transport junction and used by German forces to defend the country against Soviet forces approaching from the east.

Before the huge air raid, it had not suffered a major Allied attack. By February 15, however, it was a smouldering ruin — 2,400 tons of high explosives and 1,500 tons of incendiary bombs were dropped on the city. An unknown number of civilians, somewhere between 35,000 and 135,000, were dead.

British rifleman Victor Gregg was one of hundreds of men being held as a PoW in the city by the Germans. On the 75th anniversary of the start of the bombing, this is his eyewitness account of the devastation he left behind.

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More News On Remembering The Fire-Bombing Of The German City Of Dresden Seventy-Five Years Ago

Commemorating the legacy of the WWII bombing of Dresden -- DW
Germany marks 75th anniversary of Dresden bombing as far-right seeks to downplay Nazi crimes -- France 24
German president calls for country to stand up to extremism, nationalism on 75th anniversary of Dresden bombing -- FOX News
Dresden marks 75th anniversary of city's destruction -- Al Jazeera
Bombing of Dresden: A survivor looks back 75 years later -- DW
Dresden: The World War Two bombing 75 years on -- Toby Luckhurst, BBC News

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