Frederick Taylor - Dresden (Tuesday 13 February 1945) (2nd Hand Paperback)
ISBN / GTIN-13 : 9780747570844
The definitive story of the shocking and controversial Allied bombing of Dresden.
At 9.51 p.m. on Tuesday 13 February 1945, Dresden's air-raid sirens sounded as they had done many times during the Second World War.
But this time was different. By the next morning, more than 4,500 tons of high explosives and incendiary devices had been dropped on the unprotected city.
At least 25,000 inhabitants died in the terrifying firestorm and thirteen square miles of the city's historic centre, including incalculable quantities of treasure and works of art, lay in ruins. In this portrait of the city, its people, and its still-controversial destruction, Frederick Taylor has drawn on archives and sources only accessible since the fall of the East German regime, and talked to Allied aircrew and survivors, from members of the German armed services and refugees fleeing the Russian advance to ordinary citizens of Dresden.
- Format : Thick 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : Acceptable (A little tanning to outside page edges only)
- Category : Non-Fiction - War & Civil War
- Published : 2004 (This Edition 2005 - Bloomsbury)
- ISBN : 9780747570844
- SKU : B003118
- PPC : SP500gm
- RRP : £8.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
'In narrative power and persuasion, he has paralleled in Dresden what Antony Beevor achieved in Stalingrad' - Independent on Sunday.
'A well-written, scholarly account' - The Guardian.
"A very well researched book, using information from eyewitnesses and participants as we'll as German (East and Nazi), American, Russian and British sources, some only more recently available. It provides an accurate view of the rationale for the bombing of Dresden by the British and Americans and puts it in a historical context. It dispels the myths promulgated both from the propaganda by the Nazi and Communist Government and the many writers who, since the war, have sought to sensationalise the event for their own purposes.
It is nonetheless a harrowing story of a cataclysmic event in which at least 25-35,000 people died. The death toll was made worse by the neglect of the Nazi government to provide adequate bomb shelters to all but a select group of the population. The book is well written and easy to read. It also provides an overview of the British bombing campaign as a whole, the policy and why they used certain techniques." - Amazon Review.
'Well-researched and unpretentious . . . fascinating. Taylor skilfully interweaves various personal accounts of the impact of the raids' - Michael Burleigh, Guardian.
'Impressive. Taylor weaves a chilling narrative from eyewitness accounts and painstaking documentary research, particularly with German sources. He explains the conceptual and strategic background with admirable clarity. His account of the air operation itself is quite superb' - The Times.
Frederick Taylor is a British novelist and historian specialising in modern German history. He was educated at Aylesbury Grammar School and read History and Modern Languages at Oxford University. He did postgraduate work at Sussex University on the rise of the extreme right in Germany in the early twentieth century.
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