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Was firebombing of Dresden by the RAF a war crime?

Discussion in 'History & Genealogy' started by spartacus1984, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. yes

  2. no

  3. don't know

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  1. Cjwinnit

    Cjwinnit Advocatus Diaboli (Retired)

    I said "start", not "declare" - you don't need to educate me about my own country's history.

    They did start the war - I have proof!

  2. gattaca

    gattaca Guest


    It wasn't a war crime.
  3. variant

    variant Happy Cat

    The battle of Britan shows us that if you aren't already going to win diverting air power to harassing and killing civilians just wastes needed resources.
  4. Flynn

    Flynn Newbie

    In Relationship
    I think it was a war crime. Any bombings of civilian structures are war crimes, doesn't matter who is commiting them and why. And don't get me started that Nazis started the war. It doesn't mean we have to use the same methods as them.

    "He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster"
  5. Martin Tom

    Martin Tom RC Christian Supporter

    Wow, I saw this thread 2 years ago, now when I come back, it's still going.
  6. chanteuserose

    chanteuserose Newbie

    In Relationship
    fighting has several meanings and the word fighting, after the bombing is wrong to contribute it to violence. It was the will to live, that can be attributed with the word fighting. Fighting for live, for hope, for yourself.
    And why do you need to win or think about winning and loosing in such a huge war situation? The bombardement the way I understand this was to end the warmachine of Hitler, to end the war fighting. And any larg arguments and problems that need to be solved go out tearful. It just leads from one problem to the next.
  7. EddardStark

    EddardStark Member

    Then Nazi Germany's atrocities weren't warcrimes either.....

    This was definitely a warcrime. Though it was one that was never punished, because it was committed by the victors.
  8. naveed

    naveed Newbie

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    naveed Newbie

  10. gideon123

    gideon123 Humble Servant of God

    United States
    I knew someone who was on that raid. He flew bombers during WW2. He had a lot of stories about his experiences.
    About Dresden ... he wasn't proud about what he did. It weighed on his conscience. But the regular airmen had no choice - they had to follow orders.