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Firestorm: Allied Airpower and the Destruction of Dresden Hardcover – November 28, 2006

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De Bruhl puts his experience as a book editor to good use in this narrative of the still-controversial bombing of Dresden in 1945. Making comprehensive, sophisticated use of archival records and published sources, De Bruhl reminds readers that although Dresden's museums, churches and porcelain factories made it one of Germany's loveliest cities, there was still a war on when Allied bombers targeted the manufacturing and communications center for the Nazi war machine. Recognizing what he calls "the fatal escalation" of the air war against German civilians, De Bruhl also demonstrates the time, effort and blood it cost to establish air superiority over Germany. He establishes the determination of the Third Reich's leaders to continue the war at all costs—a demand the German people accepted. He also examines the often-overlooked V-Weapons campaign mounted against Britain in June 1944, which silenced those Britons who questioned mass bombing of civilians. Certainly neither the British nor the American air forces had any compunction at mounting the raid De Bruhl describes as "theory put into flawless practice." When the last bombers left, Dresden was no longer a major producer of armaments. In a war begun by Germany, that was—and is—the bottom line. (Dec. 5)
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A comparison of Frederick Taylor's Dresden (2004) to this new history reveals the benefits of acquiring both titles. Dresden, Taylor makes plain, the city synonymous with -baroque music and architecture, was also a city of ardent Nazis and arms factories. Taylor, a specialist on the Nazi period, is better at depicting the city's political and military attributes, which defenders of the air raids seize upon. De Bruhl proves to be strong on the Anglo-American strategy of strategic bombing in World War II, personified by Arthur "Bomber" Harris, commander of the British effort. Harris did not have scruples about solving the inaccuracy of their airpower by bombing the whole area. De Bruhl underscores that Harris was not a loose cannon, and casts the actual Dresden attack as a culmination of the air war. One of WWII's most controversial military actions, Dresden and the debate about it can't be grasped without considering the arguments of both titles. Gilbert Taylor
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1St Edition edition (November 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679435344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679435341
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A very fine review of the events leading to the destruction of Dresden. The book gives a good background on the air crafts and crews of the British and American bombers which took the war to the Nazis. It gave a very detail agony on the allies' attitude toward retaliatory bombing of civilian targets in Germany which lead to the horrors suffered by the countless women and children of this war torn city.
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Although the title suggests the book focuses on Dresden, this is a more complete story of air power in the European Theater of Operations. The work focuses on the strategy behind the bombing and treats the criticism of area bombing on Dresden and other cities in a fairly balanced way. Perhaps I've been ignorant or the issue has escaped full treatment, but the political firestorm arising in 1945, even within the United States, from the area bombing of cities and, in particular, the American follow-up attack on Dresden, was previously unknown to me. Unlike Ambrose's book about George McGovern and other air war books, Firestorm does not focus on the day to day lives of the pilots but is more focused with larger geopolitical issues.

My sole criticism of the work is that it is written from topic to topic rather than chronologically. As a result, it is difficult to keep in mind the timetable of which country, the Americans or British, are bombing who when and this detracts somewhat from an understanding of the course of the air war. With this one reservation, a good work about a controversial topic.
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I have long wondered why he icy of Dresden was bombed so extensively as it was especially so close to the end of the war . Unfortunately they did build more than good porcelain & paid a very heavy price for that. The seller provided in record time & in excellent condition.
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This book is often discussed in argument as if it were a deeply researched major contribution to the discussion about Allied terror bombing in WWII. It isn't. It is a very popular book that uses the subject of Dresden to draw the reader through discussions about bombing strategy among American and British military leaders in the leadup to WWII and during the war itself and Germans responses to them.

Nothing new is added compared to more serious discussions of bombing and Dresden such as Frederick Taylor's _Dresden: Tuesday, February 13, 1945_ or the great study of the impact of the boming politically, culturally, and in human terms _The Fire: The Bombing of Germany, 1940-1945_ by Jörg Friedrich. These two books are where anyone seeking a serious study of the meaning of the bombing and the history should start, with Friedrich's book being a literary masterpiece as well.

Yet, this book is well written as an easy quick read. I finished it in a day. His interest seems to be on the cynicism and hypocrisy of Churchill and leaders of the USAAF in their later denial of terror bombing. He spends very little time discussing the impact of the bombing on Dresden and the world, although he does include a few good eye witness memories from German sources. His coverage of the post-war controversy is completely abbreviated except insofar as he documents how Irving's extravagent claim have been exposed as fraud.

Probably the most interesting and repeated contribution this book makes to the discussion that it argues that the bombing was a part of the normal political-military strategy of the USSR, Britain, and the US and justified by military strategy rather than some special act aimed at the USSR.
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By STEPHEN FRATER, author of HELL ABOVE EARTH

In a pitiless twist of Dresden's fate, Ash Wednesday and St. Valentine's fell on the same day in 1945.

"An inharmonious combination," observed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's private secretary in his diary.

As the sun rose over a still-flaming Dresden, Germany, on Feb. 14, it revealed a city laid waste from the previous evening's two high-explosive and incendiary night attacks by British Royal Air Force's Bomber Command, spaced three hours apart.

The resulting firestorm ignited the ancient city into a tornadic inferno that incinerated thousands of civilians and their homes and destroyed Baroque churches, ancient palaces, historic museums and art galleries.

Strong winds whipped flames into pyres of biblical proportions; towers of fire were hundreds of feet high and as wide as city blocks.

The massive columns of flame, visible for miles, served as homing beacons for hundreds of bombers in the subsequent attack waves.

Automobiles and streetcars melted in temperatures reaching 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Ancient trees exploded.

People who sought safety in water towers, ponds and fountains were trapped and boiled alive.

Asphalt ignited and flowed like flaming lava.

"People who were blocks from the flames and thought themselves safe were suddenly picked up by hurricane-force winds and pulled into the inferno ... their corpses were reduced to ash," writes author Marshall De Bruhl in his new book "Firestorm: Allied Airpower and the Destruction of Dresden."

Yet the raid was not over.

At midday, a third wave of heavy bombers, this time from the U.S.
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