The Myth of the Good War: America in World War II 60 Years Ago, February 13-14, 1945: Why was Dresden Destroyed

Interesting information on why was Dresden destroyed.


Dresden was obliterated in order to intimidate the Soviets with a demonstration of the enormous firepower that permitted bombers of the RAF and the USAAF to unleash death and destruction hundreds of kilometers away from their bases, and the subtext was clear: this firepower could be aimed at the Soviet Union itself. This interpretation explains the many peculiarities of the bombing of Dresden, such as the magnitude of the operation, the unusual participation in one single raid of both the RAF and USAAF, the choice of a “virginal” target, the (intended) enormity of the destruction, the timing of the attack, and the fact that the supposedly crucially important railway station and the suburbs with their factories and Luftwaffe airfield were not targeted. The bombing of Dresden had little or nothing to do with the war against Nazi Germany: it was an American British message for Stalin, a message that cost the lives of tens of thousands of people. Later that same year, two more similarly coded yet not very subtle messages would follow, involving even more victims, but this time Japanese cities were targeted, and the idea was to direct Stalin’s attention to the lethality of America’s terrible new weapon, the atomic bomb.[27] Dresden had little or nothing to do with the war against Nazi Germany; it had much, if not everything, to do with a new conflict in which the enemy was to be the Soviet Union. In the horrible heat of the infernos of Dresden, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Cold War was born.

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14 thoughts on “The Myth of the Good War: America in World War II 60 Years Ago, February 13-14, 1945: Why was Dresden Destroyed

      1. It’s always hard to write about this because servicemen did what they were told to do.
        Most of the time they would not know the BIG picture.
        We see the same thing happening right now… a power struggle from two former “allies”…

        I have a logbook where a pilot was on that raid in 1945. I wanted to write about it on 425 Les Alouettes, but I was afraid the pilot’s son might not understand why I would post such a story. I believe this pilot would have sensed something about that raid was bizarre. An 8 hour-trip coming back low on fuel and landing at a different airbase.

  1. An interesting perception on the massive raid. It was always portrayed as an attack on the German people with the aim of destroying morale rather than an attack on the German war machine. To say it was a demonstration of firepower aimed at the Soviet union is not one I’ve heard of before. Was the attack on Nagasaki and Hiroshima A two-pronged attack to a) send a clear message to the Soviets and b) bring a quick ending to The war. Or singularly to warm of the Russians.

    As the war in Europe drew to a close, it was inevitable that the question of spoils would arise. The Cold War was the result of that and the world was lucky they did not turn ‘hot’.

    An interesting post.

  2. The Good War. Only fools believe in or espouse the concept of “The Good War”. There has never been a “good war”, except perhaps in the minds of those who did not participate or who had no family or friends involved.

    There are many agendas among those who have sites on the Internet. A cursory review of the articles posted at suggests the orientation of the site. Global Research provides “alternative news” and should be recognized as such.

    1. The arguments are solid.
      Very long distance to cover to go there with bombers.
      Three missions: two by the RAF and one by the U.S. Airforce
      City never bombed before

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