Dresden, 1945

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Re: Dresden, 1945

Post by Sid Guttridge » 20 Apr 2022 08:50

Hi wm,

I don't know about Roosevelt, but the British and French certainly put such a proposition forward to the League of Nations before WWII. However, by then the Germans, Italians and Japanese had withdrawn from the organization and were already engaged in bombing in Spain and China. The Anglo-French had every incentive to seek this, as they felt themselves inferior in the air to the Germans, Italians and Japanese. Conversely, the Germans, Italians and Japanese felt themselves superior in the air and expressed no interest in the idea. Self interest probably governed policy on both sides.



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Re: Dresden, 1945

Post by wm » 20 Apr 2022 17:37

On 1 September 1939 President Roosevelt sent an appeal to all the major European powers involved in the crisis over Poland to give a public undertaking that they would abstain from any air attacks against civilians or unfortified cities.
The same day Hitler told the American chargé d’affaires in Berlin that this had always been his preference and assured Roosevelt that German aircraft would only attack military objectives.
The British prime minister, Neville Chamberlain, gave his guarantee the same day; a joint Anglo-French declaration followed on 3 September, only reserving the right to act as they saw fit if the enemy failed to observe the same restrictions.
The Polish ambassador in Washington, whose country was already at war, agreed that Polish pilots would be told not to bomb open cities as long as the enemy did the same.
None of these expressions of goodwill was legally binding in international law.
Overy, Richard. The Bombing War: Europe, 1939-1945 (p. 237)

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Re: Dresden, 1945

Post by MarkF617 » 20 Apr 2022 20:16

Can't seem to find it. I must have read it in a library book or just on this forum. I believe the French and British tried to outlaw bombing cities before the war started, Roosevelt's plea was after it started.


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