The city of Dresden, located in the north of Germany was a beautiful city, rich with culture and historical buildings. It had escaped any bombings during the war and became a safe-haven for refugees. There are a few theories about why the city would be bombed so completely with the end of the war in sight. Perhaps it was to strike a final killer blow to the Reich and as a veiled and callous warning to the Russians that they could not compete with the air fire-power of the Allies, in case they decided to renege on negotiations made at the war conferences. The final death toll is unknown because of the high number of refugees.
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