Dresden – Die Rache Wird Unser Sein
10.15pm on February 13th, 1945, the Allies conducted a giant massacre in the German city of Dresden. A city with about 600,000 inhabitants, but hundreds of thousands of refugees, perhaps more than the whole of Dresden, had arrived in the city because of their escape from the Soviet army. Data argue that the Dresden population had swelled to 2.5 million. Either way, Dresden was overwhelmed by desperate women, children and old.
The British and Americans launched terror bombings against Dresden. A huge air armada with 2500 aircraft aeroplane erupted a total of 850,000 bombs over the defenceless city in four attack waves.
Earlier terror bombings of German cities had triggered firestorms more like a side effect, than deliberately. The attack against Dresden was meticulously planned to cause just a firestorm. A firestorm occurs when a fire is so powerful that the air that the fire needs to get started is sucked into the fire from surrounding areas with hurricane strength. In Dresden, the firestorm became so powerful that people and even trees were sown into the fire.
The estimated death toll was about 25-35 000. Especially in recent years, these low numbers have been repeated in system loyal media. It is quite clear that one tries to minimize what happened in Dresden. It can thus be concluded that historical revisionism is fully accepted as long as it is aimed at Germans. Of course, you do not need to uncritically accept the German data of 200-300,000 dead, but that 850,000 bombs would only have killed 25,000 people in a city filled to the burden of refugees, is unlikely. A city that also lacked air defence, lacked good shelter and was subjected to massive bombings of three days and a devastating firestorm. By comparison, the firestorm in Hamburg in 1943 killed 40-50,000 people, in a city that was not crowded with refugees, with significantly better shelters and intact air defence. The extremely low numbers of 25-35,000 dead can, therefore, be dismissed as propaganda and should be seen as part of a wider political context.