ManfredV wrote:Its very difficult to answer. Gothard mentioned some factors that must be considered.
In Germany, fe. Hamburg, Dresden, Nuremberg and Berlin very heavily bombed, but when you look at the percentage of houses being destroyed, f.e. Wuerzburg and Pforzheim suffered more. There is a german statistic, but I didn´t found it yet in the net. But I think it was mentioned here. Does anyone know the link?
Another example: London had more deads than Dresden. When I visited our partner congregation in London for the first time they told me that the city of Bromley (a south eastern part of Greater London) was nearly compleatly destroyed by german air raids.
And don´t forget many towns in Russia. Especially in USSR and China there are a lot of "forgotten" victims of WW II.
Yes Manfred Ive forgotten the 10 million chinese killed in the flooding. Those cities definetely qualify loss of life was near 100% and the entire cities leveled. The link youre talking about is very graphic. It has onsite photos of thousands of firebombing victims and excellent statistical information. Europe was lucky - especially germany in the high proportion of brick dwellings - they greatly reduced casualties. In asia - manila, tokyo and most japanese cities the wooden structures became tombs and casualties were much higher in proportion to tonnage dropped. Going on a straight tonnage basis is one thing.. but thats rarely accurate. Suffering is the key - long term exposure to death , starvation and illness by residents of the stricken cities and the degree to which basic human services were lost. In Europe there was a very efficient emergency service - technische Nothilfe run by col. Siebert of the SS. And there were many civilian agencies from todt to the hitler youth, convalescing servicemen and prisoners of war as well as foreign labour that got into the cities rapidly , thre were programs to relocate and house victims rapidly, You didnt have foreign troops killing at random , blockades with no food or month after month of snipers and artillery. Although horrific in terms of human loss the citizens were able to get back on their feet and carry on within a short period.