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taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
28 Nov 2017 12:31AM
Dramatic--- a great night image!
Aeros 3 12 1 Canada
28 Nov 2017 12:38AM
Expertly done Ron, kudos!
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
28 Nov 2017 12:56AM
Like a scene from a movie. A superb image Ron.
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
28 Nov 2017 6:06AM
Very dramatic and powerful impact. Clever shot.
28 Nov 2017 7:59AM
Nice photo .
cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
28 Nov 2017 8:29AM
Dramatic 😀
Jasper87 Plus
11 2.6k 158 England
28 Nov 2017 8:30AM
Very effective use of shutter speed again, Ron.
RLF Plus
10 18 4 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2017 8:46AM
A conversation with a ghost
Irishkate Plus
10 44 118 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2017 9:36AM
Very realistic Ron - nostalgic and heartbreaking too.
Kate Grin
richmowil Plus
12 438 2 England
28 Nov 2017 9:47AM
Will they or wont they? Very dramatic image Ron
Fefe Plus
9 54 36 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2017 10:40AM
Great job!
Vambomarbleye 3 153 14 Scotland
28 Nov 2017 3:58PM
Before World War II, Dresden was called “the Florence of the Elbe” and was regarded as one the world’s most beautiful cities for its architecture and museums. Although no German city remained isolated from Hitler’s war machine, Dresden’s contribution to the war effort was minimal compared with other German cities. In February 1945, refugees fleeing the Russian advance in the east took refuge there. As Hitler had thrown much of his surviving forces into a defence of Berlin in the north, city defences were minimal, and the Russians would have had little trouble capturing Dresden. It seemed an unlikely target for a major Allied air attack.

On the night of February 13, hundreds of RAF bombers descended on Dresden in two waves, dropping their lethal cargo indiscriminately over the city. The city’s air defences were so weak that only six Lancaster bombers were shot down. By the morning, some 800 British bombers had dropped more than 1,400 tons of high-explosive bombs and more than 1,100 tons of incendiaries on Dresden, creating a great firestorm that destroyed most of the city and killed numerous civilians. Later that day, as survivors made their way out of the smouldering city, more than 300 U.S. bombers began bombing Dresden’s railways, bridges and transportation facilities, killing thousands more. On February 15, another 200 U.S. bombers continued their assault on the city’s infrastructure. All told, the bombers of the U.S. Eighth Air Force dropped more than 950 tons of high-explosive bombs and more than 290 tons of incendiaries on Dresden. Later, the Eighth Air Force would drop 2,800 more tons of bombs on Dresden in three other attacks before the war’s end.
The Allies claimed that by bombing Dresden, they were disrupting important lines of communication that would have hindered the Soviet offensive. This may be true, but there is no disputing that the British incendiary attack on the night of February 13 to February 14 was conducted also, if not primarily, for the purpose of terrorizing the German population and forcing an early surrender. It should be noted that Germany, unlike Japan later in the year, did not surrender until nearly the last possible moment, when its capital had fallen and Hitler was dead.

Because there were an unknown number of refugees in Dresden at the time of the Allied attack, it is impossible to know exactly how many civilians perished. After the war, investigators from various countries, and with varying political motives, calculated the number of civilians killed to be as little as 8,000 to more than 200,000. Estimates today range from 35,000 to 135,000. Looking at photographs of Dresden after the attack, in which the few buildings still standing are completely gutted, it seems improbable that only 35,000 of the million or so people in Dresden at the time were killed. Cellars and other shelters would have been meagre protection against a firestorm that blew poisonous air heated to hundreds of degrees Fahrenheit across the city at hurricane-like speeds.

Not a lot to be proud of, IMHO.
saltireblue Plus
10 11.6k 71 Norway
28 Nov 2017 6:13PM
An important turning point in the war for freedom and democracy.

Again, a fine night image form this re-enactment, Ron.

Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2017 12:30AM
Amazing image, beautifully done Ron!
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