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Liberator on bombing run Germany

- Bombing Restriction Committee
- Virginia Woolf
- Disarmament


It seems that once an initial judgement has been made that a war is just; there is a tendency to stop thinking, to assume then that everything done on behalf of victory is morally acceptable. I had myself participated in the bombing of cities, without even considering whether there was any relationship between what I was doing and the elimination of fascism in the world. Thus a war that apparently begins with a "good" cause - stopping aggression, helping victims, or punishing brutality - ends with its own aggression, creates more victims than before, and brings out more brutality than before, on both sides.

Howard Zinn

  

1939 - 1945

Bombs do not take a precise path when finding their target. So the target becomes whatever the bomb can find - a city. No city can be reduced to ruins with the three thousand tons of explosives that a bomber fleet carries, but incendiary ammunition can create damage that keeps feeding upon itself. Developing this kind of damage requires expertise in fire-raising and radio navigation. Fire prevention engineers and physicists spent three years developing systems, techniques, and strategies that could locate inflammable structures in settled areas, mark them with coloured lights, and burn them to the ground. Loaded with fuel and bombs, the airplane en route to its target is itself an extremely sensitive target. Pursued by flak artillery and interceptors, the bomber's crew, with their mission of mass killing, are almost exclusively concerned with their own survival.


Dresden 13 February and 15 February 1945 following RAF and USAF raid.
In a single day and night 35,000 people had been killed. The city’s railway links, pretext for the allied bombardment  were relatively unscathed and trains were running through the city in a few days.
During the 57 days of the Blitz (September 1940 – May 1941) the Luftwaffe killed 30,000.