Dresden: Tuesday, February 13, 1945

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Harper Collins, Apr 21, 2009 - History - 560 pages

For decades it has been assumed that the Allied bombing of Dresden -- a cultured city famous for its china, chocolate, and fine watches -- was militarily unjustifiable, an act of retribution for Germany's ceaseless bombing of London and other parts of England.

Now, Frederick Taylor's groundbreaking research offers a completely new examination of the facts and reveals that Dresden was a highly militarized city actively involved in the production of military armaments and communications. Incorporating first-hand accounts, contemporaneous press material and memoirs, and never-before-seen government records, Taylor proves unequivocally the very real military threat Dresden posed -- and how a legacy of propaganda shrouded the truth for sixty years.

 

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Incredibly good. The holistic picture of the attack on Dresden is laid out in almost forensic detail so that you really feel you understand the situation that the attack happened within and the impact ... Read full review

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Taylor's book on Dresden is really three books in one - a history of Saxony, a history of aerial bombardment and finally a history of the bombing of Dresden in the Second World War. He would have done ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE Saxons
1
PART ONE FLORENCE ON THE ELBE
9
Blood and Treasure
11
The Twin Kingdom
18
Florence on the Elbe
30
The Last King of Saxony
36
The Saxon Mussolini
45
A Pearl with a New Setting
55
TallyHo
241
Air Raid Shelter the Best Protection
251
The Perfect Firestorm
274
Catastrophe
284
Ash Wednesday
316
Aftermath
333
PART THREE AFTER THE FALL
345
City of the Dead
347

First the Synagogue Burns Then the City
62
Laws of the Air
76
Call Me Meier
92
Blitz
102
Fire and the Sword
112
The Reichs Air Raid Shelter
135
A City of No Military or Industrial Importance?
148
PART TWO TOTAL
167
Ardennes and After
169
Thunderclap and Yalta
179
Intimations of Mortality
193
Time and Chance
207
Shrove Tuesday
225
Propaganda
360
The Final Fury
373
The War Is Over Long Live the War
382
The Socialist City
395
The Sleep of Reason
401
AFTERWORD Commemoration
419
APPENDIX A The Massacre on the Elbe Meadows
429
APPENDIX B Counting the Dead
443
Legends of the Fall
449
Endnotes
457
Sources and Bibliography
488
Index
497
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About the author (2009)

Frederick Taylor studied history and modern languages at Oxford University and Sussex University. A Volkswagen Studentship award enabled him to research and travel widely in both parts of divided Germany at the height of the Cold War. Taylor is the author of Dresden and has edited and translated a number of works from German, including The Goebbels Diaries, 1939-1941. He is married with three children and lives in Cornwall, England.

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