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Dresden, Tuesday, 13 February, 1945

Author: Fred Taylor
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"The bombing began shortly after 10:00 P.M. on February 13, 1945. In the fifteen hours that followed, 1,100 American and British heavy bombers dropped more than 4,500 tons of high-explosive bombs and incendiary devices, leaving the ancient city of Dresden - "the Florence of the Elbe" - in flaming ruins and claiming the lives of thousands of its citizens. Twelve weeks later the German surrender was in hand, signaling  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fred Taylor
ISBN: 0060006765 : HRD 9780060006761 : HRD
OCLC Number: 798714117
Description: 518 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Part one. Florence on the Elbe --
Blood and treasure --
The twin kingdom --
Florence on the Elbe --
The last king of Saxony --
The Saxon Mussolini --
A pearl with a new setting --
First the synagogue burns, then the city --
Laws of the air --
Call me Meier --
Blitz --
Fire and the sword --
The Reich's air raid shelter --
A city of no military or industrial importance? --
Part two. Total war --
Ardennes and after --
Thunderclap and Yalta --
Intimations of mortality --
Time and chance --
Shrove Tuesday --
"Tally-ho!" --
"Air raid shelter the best protection" --
The perfect firestorm --
Catastrophe --
Ash Wednesday --
Aftermath --
Part three. After the fall --
City of the dead --
Propaganda --
The final fury --
The war is over, long live the war --
The Socialist city --
The sleep of reason.
Responsibility: Frederick Taylor.
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"The bombing began shortly after 10:00 P.M. on February 13, 1945. In the fifteen hours that followed, 1,100 American and British heavy bombers dropped more than 4,500 tons of high-explosive bombs and incendiary devices, leaving the ancient city of Dresden - "the Florence of the Elbe" - in flaming ruins and claiming the lives of thousands of its citizens. Twelve weeks later the German surrender was in hand, signaling the end of World War II." "Yet today the bombing of Dresden is embedded in our collective consciousness not as the toppling blow to Nazi Germany but as one of history's cruelest wartime atrocities, a vicious and militarily unjustifiable act of vengeful retribution against a peaceful, beautiful, defenseless city somehow removed from the war-making machinery that had otherwise consumed all of Germany." "What really happened at Dresden - both the facts of the events themselves and the reasons behind the remarkable legacy of propaganda that has left us in the dark about those events for nearly sixty years - is the subject of Frederick Taylor's groundbreaking study. After careful research into British, American, and German archives (including recently discovered documents, now available after decades of communist censorship) and interviews with both bombers and survivors, Taylor - a bilingual scholar, translator, and writer - has created the most complete portrait ever assembled of the city, its people, and those involved in its fate." "Dresden: Tuesday, February 13, 1945 is the first truly informed and fair-minded history of the bombing that lives in infamy. Frederick Taylor's book, a corrective to a sixty-year-long legacy of misinformation masquerading as fact, will be remembered for generations both as a work of enduring scholarship and as a narrative of a human tragedy of historic significance."--BOOK JACKET.

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