On #ThisDayinHistory 1945, a series of Allied firebombing raids begins against the German city of Dresden, r educing the “Florence of the Elbe” to rubble and flames, and killing as many as 135,000 peop le – @AceHistoryNews

#AceHistoryNews – Feb.13: It was the single most destructive bombing of the war—including Hiroshima and Nagasaki—and all the more horrendous because little, if anything, was accomplished strategically, since the Germans were already on the verge of surrender. More than 3,400 tons of explosives were dropped on the city by 800 American and British aircraft #AceHistoryDesK reports

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https://t.me/HistoricalPics/7975 The firestorm created by the two days of bombing set the city burning for many more days, littering the streets with charred corpses, including many children: Eight square miles of the city was ruined, and the total body count was between 35,000 and 135,000 (an approximation is all that was possible given that the city was filled with many refugees from farther east): The hospitals that were left standing could not handle the numbers of injured and burned, and mass burials became necessary………….Among the American POWs who were in Dresden during the raid was novelist Kurt Vonnegut, who conveyed his experience in his classic antiwar novel Slaughterhouse Five. #Dresden #WWII #History #OTD

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