Skip to comments.World War II-era bomb explodes in center of German town (Video 1:33)
Posted on 08/29/2012 2:04:06 PM PDT by servo1969
Raw video: Explosive experts detonate remains of 550-pound bomb causing fires, damage to buildings.
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Then imagine it happening again tomorrow.
Look, my dad FLEW B-17’s on those raids.
Don’t forget those Nazi bastards A.) shot back, and B.) started the whole bombing thing at Warsaw, Rotterdam, and London. They sowed the wind and harvested the whirlwind.
The Krauts had it coming. Consider it karma.
Or as Curtis LeMay once observed...”they forgot to put a roof on fortress Europe.
Nobody said they didn’t deserve it.
Yep. BTW, this is Warsaw 1945.
The Germans probably figured the bombings were just savages trying to destroy their utopia, but I say the WW2 bombings and this delayed one were Karma Police. As you sow so shall you reap.
Last thing anyone should ever feel sorry for would be Germans and Japanese, who wholeheartedly supported their regimes even if they didn’t know all the specifics.
I was at the site of this explosion in 1968.
And if you didn't wholeheartedly support the regime, the Gestapo in Germany or the Tokubetsu Kōtō Keisatsu in Japan would be knocking on your door at midnight.
Just damn! 65+ years old? What the heck were they like fresh?
My neighbor flew B-17s and used to brag, “I bombed the Hell out of Vienna and northern Italy”.
bomb for later
"...the first four hours, we passed over a destroyed land. Utterly destroyed. You who have not seen it do not know what hell looks like from the top. That's what Germany looks like. That's what Austria looks like. That's what any place that the 8th Air Force and the Third Army worked on looks like..."
still working after all these years...BOOM! ping
Ok but was Dresden neccesary? Just a question. The Germans were licked and there were only refugees in Dresden. Did we really have to firebomb the city? Flame away!
It was justified, and here’s the main reason why.
The German people needed to be taught a lesson that they cannot start wars without paying a heavy price. That did not happen after the First World War, and it lead to the “stabbed in the back” theory, that Hitler was able to exploit, all the way to gaining power.
Dresden made damn sure that the German people would forever lose their taste for war.
I won’t flame. I’ll give you history and fact.
Short answer? Yes. Look at a 1944 map of Saxony. All the rail lines merge in Dresden. The main yards and Hauptbahnnhaus were right smack in the center of the city.
Germans were using those rail lines to reinforce the Russian front.
Dresden “china” was world-famous as pottery, but how many know that the Wehrmacht used the ceramics from the Dresden potteries to make mine covers?
Zeiss Optikal had their corporate HQ and main plant there. The same Zeiss Optikal that made gunsights for the new ME-262 and HE-178 jet fighters, and periscopes for Kriegsmarine U-Boats.
Churchill personally asked it be hit, and NO ONE said, “No” to him.
Finally, the Soviets were less than 50 miles away, and Churchill was having serious misgivings about Comrade Stalin. he wanted a formerly-intact German city on the Eastern Front leveled to show Stalin and the Reds what the RAF and USAAF were capable of doing and to watch THEIR step.
BTW, the bomb loads were the same as any other raid. Alt Markt Dresden was just old, intact, and very wooden......
I have less than zero empathy or sympathy for what happened to ANY German or Japanese city during that war. They got just what they asked for.
Goebbels asked for “Total War”, and he got it.
I hate you.
It took you two (2) sentences to say what I bloviated on five paragraphs about.......
This is what you get, when you mess with us.
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