The Bombing of Germany

Postwar Köln 1945
The allied bombing of Germany by the RAF and U.S. Army Air Force - in particular that of Bomber Command - brought massive death and destruction to Germans, destroyed priceless artifacts built and preserved for centuries, yet made little contribution to actually winning the war. For five years during World War II, the Allies launched a trial and error bombing campaign against Germany's historical city landscape. Peaking in the war's final three months, it was the first air attack of its kind. Civilian dwellings were struck by in today's terms weapons of mass destruction, with a total of 600,000 civilian deaths, including 70,000 children. 
Postwar Berlin 1945
The bombing of the larger city of Hamburg in 1943 created one of the greatest firestorms raised by RAF and U.S. Army Air Force killing roughly 50,000 civilians and practically destroying the entire city. The most controversial raid took place in the late evening on February 13 1945. The bombing of Dresden resulting in a lethal firestorm which killed several tens of thousands of civilians. In February 1945, the Commanding-in Chief of Royal Air Force Bomber Command Arthur Travers Harris (Bomber Harris) wrote: I do not personally regard the whole of the remaining cities of Germany as worth the bones of one British Grenadier.
Postwar Hamburg 1945
Raids such as that on Dresden and Pforzheim when Germany had already lost the war have been criticised and is recognized as one of the many examples of high civilian casualties caused by Allied strategic bombing. The destruction it caused in Continental Europe had little military value. The culmination of  Bomber Command's offensive occurred in March 1945 when the RAF dropped the highest monthly weight of ordnance in the entire war. Despite protests from Germany as well as some in Britain, the Bomber Harris Trust erected a statue of him outside the RAF Church of St. Clement Danes, London in 1992. Credit: Wikipedia. Images: SV-Bilderdienst. External links: Berlin in color 1936 and Berlin in color 1945.

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  1. unnoticed war crimes12/5/18

    The British Government ordered RAF bombers to attack the German industrial workforce and the morale of the German populace through bombing German cities and their civilian inhabitants. Directive issued on 14 February 1942 (S.46368/111. D.C.A.S); To focus attacks on the morale of the enemy civil population and in particular the industrial workers.