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Lead book review

Was Dresden a war crime?

Dresden defined the horror of war: revenge and cold-blooded murder. It still does, says Christopher Priest

1 February 2020

9:00 AM

1 February 2020

9:00 AM

Dresden: The Fire and the Darkness Sinclair McKay

Viking, pp.400, £20

The literature of second world war bombing campaigns is surprisingly extensive. The books written in Britain largely focus on the night sorties by RAF Bomber Command, but the equally destructive second world war campaigns by the US 8th Air Force (daylight raids on Germany) and the Luftwaffe (the Netherlands, the Blitz on the UK) are covered too.

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