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Among The Dead Cities:

The History and Moral Legacy of the WWII Bombing of Civilians in Germany and Japan

Paperback (384 pages), kindle
One of the great remaining controversies of WWII is whether the bombing offensive against civilians in Germany and Japan was a crime against humanity or if it was justified by the necessities of war.

Among The Dead Cities:

"Was the bombing offensive (against civilians in Germany and Japan) a crime against humanity," writes A. C. Grayling, "or was it justified by the necessities of war?

These questions mark one of the great remaining controversies of the Second World War." Their resolution, which Grayling accomplishes with great respect and with a sense of urgency, is a vital contribution to the debate about how far governments can go in the name of national security.

Bombing civilians in WWII...

Civilian Casualties during WWII
Great Britain 60,000 Germany 3,810,000
France 360,000 Austria 80,000
United States minimal Italy 85,000
USSR 7,700,000 Rumania 465,000
Belgium 90,000 Hungary 280,000
Holland 190,000 Bulgaria 7,000
Norway minimal Finland minimal
Poland 5,300,000 Japan 360,000
Greece 80,000
Yugoslavia 1,300,000
Czechoslovakia 330,000
China 10,000,000
Total - Allies 25,410,000 Total - Axis 5,087,000

Related Scanning WWII dates...

  • 24 Aug 40: Accidental bombing of London changes the rules of war for Allies and Axis
  • 30 Oct 40: RAF Bomber Command first sanctions area bombing, aka carpet bombing
  • 19 Sep 43: Hamburg has been bombed to absolute ruins
  • 18 Nov 43: Battle of Berlin begins as the RAF bombs the German capital
  • 10 Mar 45: Almost ¼ of Tokyo is destroyed in history's most destructive bombing raid

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