Allied bombing of Dresden: Legitimate target or war crime? | DW News

75 years ago, in the final months of World War Two, British and American aircraft began carpet bombing the German city of Dresden. In the days that followed, warplanes dropped incendiary bombs that killed thousands of people. Many of them were women and children fleeing the Soviet army’s advance in the East. There has been much debate about whether the bombing was a justifiable military attack, an unnecessary tragedy, or a war crime. We met with one of the survivors in the now rebuilt city. He was baptized in the city’s iconic Frauenkirche, which was destroyed by the bombs and has been rebuilt in its former glory.


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