But Hitler and Goering decided pre-war that the Luftwaffe didn't need heavy bombers in any great number.
Karl Heidenreich wrote:Correct. The Germans never intended to produce zone carpeting or targeting cities for strategic bombing. The Conventry episode was only in response to previous British bombing of civilian areas in the Germany, as we all know.
The idea of burning alive civilians in a great scale was completely allied, not axis as Hamburg, Heilbron and Dresden shows. The British used the heavy bombers as the Lancasters for mass murder to a degree that even Spaatz was horrified.
boredatwork wrote: Google Warsaw or Rotterdam, both occasions where the Germans deliberately targeted the civilian population in order to terrorise them into surrender.
RF wrote:Warsaw was bombed initially because it was a military target, the hub of the Polish transportation system and Polish mobilisation. After the first week it was a battlefield, as on 8 September a Panzer assault on Warsaw was roughly handled because the tanks had outrun their infantry and ground artillery support. Stukas had to fill the gap.
Again I don't think the Allied bombing campaign was anything to be proud of, but I disagree that morally it was somehow worse than what the Germans themselves did. The only reason the Germans never launched them in a similar scale was lack of resources, not lack of intent.
I wouldn't be so definitive about that assesment. The most important aspect to keep in mind is necessary versus strategic.
alecsandros wrote:P.S.: Saying the nazis would have done the same, if they would have had the resources, is like saying the Titanic wouldn't have sunk, if its captain would have seen the iceberg in time: it is a theory. But one that can not be proven correct or not, as logn as all the people involved in it are no longer among us, not to mention the equipment and general historical context needed to reconstrutct it.
Karl Heidenreich wrote:Dresden: 135,000 dead.
Coventry: 600 killed and 1,000 injured. Less than 1 km2 destroyed.
Hamburg: 42,000 killed. 250,000 homes destroyed.
The good thing was that the Germans never surrender to that genocide terrorist campaing from the British butcher Harris. Ther Germans fought until Berlin was captured by the main allied forces from the soviets whilst western allied strategic diversionary forces stand still far away.
Karl Heidenreich wrote:So the British intentions in this regards was no different from the SS Einsatzgruppen.
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