300,000 DEAD IN SINGLE BOMBING RAID ON DRESDEN

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300,000 DEAD IN SINGLE BOMBING RAID ON DRESDEN

By Dan Regan

Stars and Stripes Staff Writer

From the May 5, 1945 Edition of Stars and Stripes

WITH THE FIRST ARMY—The Allied air raid on Dresden on Feb. 13-14 killed 300,000* persons in the city, Dresden police told 600 British and French prisoners who were given passes by the Germans to enter the American lines.

Nine British PWs, who were working in Dresden during the raid, said the horror and devastation caused by the Anglo-American raid was beyond comprehension unless one could see for himself.

One British sergeant said the police report did not include “deaths among 1,000,000 evacuees to escape from the Russians. There were no records on them.

“After seeing the results of the bombings, I believe their figures are correct.

“They had to pitchfork shriveled bodies on to lorries and wagons and cart them to shallow graves on the outskirts of the city. But after two weeks of work the job became too much to cope with and they found other means to gather up the dead.

“As a second means they burned bodies in a heap in the center of the city but the most effective way for sanitary reasons was to take flame-throwers and burn the dead as they lay in the ruins. The whole city is flattened. They were unable to clean up the dead lying beside roads for several weeks,” the sergeant said. 

*Note – Modern day figures put the death toll around 25,000.



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Dresden after the February 13-15 air raids (Bundesarchiv Bild )

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One thought on “300,000 DEAD IN SINGLE BOMBING RAID ON DRESDEN

  • I’m a combat veteran (USMC – Vietnam), and this comment might not be popular. I believe the bombings of civilians in Dresden, Tokyo, and wherever else mass destruction of non-combatants occurred, is nothing less than a war crime. Gen. Wm. T. Sherman helped initiate war on helpless non-combatants when he shelled and burned Atlanta and other towns/villages on his march to the sea, and then through the Carolinas, taking great pleasure in destroying Columbia, SC in the process.
    Today, the destruction continues as the American Empire imposes its insatiable hunger for power and domination across the world. Yes, the USA has become a predatory empire rather than a democratic republic which our founding fathers created. Shame on us.

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