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  •  Yes, the fire bombing of Hamburg, Dresden (1+ / 0-)
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    and Tokyo was expressly done to kill civilians, and to kill them in massive numbers.

    Perhaps if you re-did your numbers just based on that type of raid, WW2 would come out to be a good deal more efficient than you painted in your diary.

    •  Not possible, as a huge raid didn't happen (0+ / 0-)

      in isolation.  There was always a need to overcome defenses, conduct reconnaisance, run feints etc.  The fact that Dresden could be destroyed at relatively low cost to the attackers was a function of the prior two+ years of attacks with a much more costly rate of losses.

      You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

      by Cartoon Peril on Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 03:11:55 PM PDT

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      •  Not exactly, there were two sets of (0+ / 0-)

        raids undertaken in WW2 for distinctly different purposes - one to kill/terrorize the general population and the other to take out legitimate military targets.

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