It is also clear that Dresden has become, to use Scott Smith's favorite term, its own Gruelpropaganda, and a single incident in a war that saw the destruction of many European cities from aerial and combined infantry/armor/artillery attacks that are somehow forgotten, or judged of lesser significance. Fortunately for the Allied cities, the Reich lacked the number and size of heavy bombers needed to achieve the same goals.
Lets stay by the term "Dresden
Revisionism". I like it.
Well, sorry, whether you like it or not is immaterial.
The most often qouted source on Dreseden is David Irving's work on the subject, and for his bringing the issue to the forefront of *revising* the historical record of WWII, I will freely admit, openly, that his book on the subject was, and is, the reason why historians and interested parties (such as participants in such forums as this) *revise* their views, and the record, of an event.
Following Irving's original work, other authors and historians *revised* or reviewed the historical record of the bombing of Dresden
It appears to me that traveling the Denier/Revisionist/Neo-Nazi web sites and literature, Irving's work on Dresden
is widely used per "war crimes" comparisons, etc. While Irving's work on Dresden
was certainly an examination of what he obviously considers a war crime, his supposed factual statements regarding Dresden
, are open to considerable criticism, even in his revised published versions of his original work.
The British raids, at night, were led by 9 (from info I can find) DeHAVILLAND DH-98 "MOSQUITO" aircraft...twin engined, wooden frame aircraft, used as night fighters, and what would today be known as strike aircraft. While it had a variety of uses and was a "fighter", it would have been hard put to outfight a single engined German fighter. Range is approximately 1955 miles.
Mustangs, the single engined escort fighter P-51, had a range of 2000 miles with drop tanks.
In the Dresden
raids, and please correct me if I am mistaken but the DH-98's acted as pathfinders for the Lancasters following them, to establish targeting of the city.
In the follow-up daylight raids by the US Army's Air Force, Mustangs were used as escort for the bombers.
According to Irving, these Mustangs, then strafed innocent civilians, particularly along the river. His writing on said subject has been questioned by several different historians.
In the URL I quoted on the strafing by Mustangs, by Richard Evans at the Irving trial, there is also information on the various death tallies put forth by Irving over the years per the victims at Dresden
. On this thread, sources have been quoted.
As a thought, the use of fission-based atomic weapons by the US on two cities of Japan have been estimated at numbers far under some of the numbers listed for those dead at Dresden
, in a country where construction materials for structures were extremely flammable...wood and often paper walls.
Revisionism" is a topic you may wish to consider under your own most closely held views.