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Firestorm: Allied Airpower and the Destruction of Dresden

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  15 reviews
On February 13 and 14, 1945, three successive waves of British and U.S. aircraft rained down thousands of tons of high explosive and incendiary bombs on the largely undefended German city of Dresden. Night and day, Dresden was engulfed in a vast sea of flame, a firestorm that generated 1,500-degree temperatures and hurricane-force winds. Thousands suffocated in underground ...more
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Published January 1st 2007 by Tantor Media (first published November 28th 2006)
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'Aussie Rick'
Jun 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aviation, ww2
I've recently finished Marshall De Bruhl's book on the Allied bombing of Dresden; "Firestorm: Allied Airpower and the Destruction of Dresden". Overall it was an interesting and very easy to read book on this devastating WW2 air raid that occurred in February 1945. On the 13th and 14th two waves of RAF Bomber Command Lancaster's followed by aircraft of the USAAF levelled this Saxon city, known as 'the Florence on the Elbe'.

However the book covered the development of airpower and aerial bombardmen
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Mitchell
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, non-fiction
I thoroughly enjoyed this book about a time period I am still not too familiar with. Geographgically, this book focuses on the Medditerrainian Sea and the sea battles between the Christain forces, headed up by the Pope, the Haspburgs in Spain, and at times Venice, vs. the Ottomans. This is contemporary to the European discovery and colonization of the Americas, which provides much of the funding for the Spanish side and the advent of Protestantism. The book focuses on three main engagements, the ...more
TheIron Paw
This book is not so much a "military" history as it is a "strategic" history. The actual bombing of Dresden is actually quite ordinary from a military perspective - at that time the allied air forces had a virtually free rein in the sky over Germany and could generally do whatever they wanted. This book is more about the development of the "strategy" of "morale bombing" and the controversies surrounding it. From that perspective it is a worthwhile read. If you are interested in aerial tactics an ...more
Alex
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book is ok. I wanted to hear more about the effect the firestorm had on the rail lines and hubs. Has a few interesting tidbits
Eric_W
Feb 04, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
IN Progress I love Dresden. I spent several weeks there in 2000 refreshing my German (I lived two years in Heidelberg as a child attending the public schools where we occasionally had a day off so they could dig up an unexploded bomb even though Heidelberg was technically an off-limits-to-bombing city.) Dresden, by 2000, had been mostly restored -- thanks to the industry and willingness of the East German regime -- to its former status as the most beautiful city in Europe. The Frauenkirche was b ...more
Mark
May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An audiobook gift from my dad, who shares my interest in the WW2 air war. The book was very good, more than I was expecting since it examined the entire European air war, including all of the major events over the years leading up to the destruction of Dresden. The result was a much fuller understanding of the situation, the complexities & uncertainties faced by the planners at the time, and the gradual evolution of the concept of "morale bombing" against a civilian population.

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Tim
Jan 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I should preface this by saying that I’ve known Marshall (the author) pretty much my entire life. That being said, I have to admit that I was still impressed with the amount of research that went into Firestorm.

Behind the book’s basic question — why was Dresden firebombed — rests a great deal of detail on the city’s history, its people, and its importance to the Allied air campaign. All of those details are then overlaid with a picture of the successes and failures bombing raids were having, as
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Beth
Jun 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This book is a history book of the wars in the Mediterranean that took place in the 15th and 16th centuries. Who knew? So interesting. A bit long in the descriptions of battles, but well written, so I gave it only 3 stars. The book was backed up by original letters from the battles--I thought it was amazingly written! And interestingly, much of the fighting was funded by the silver brought to Spain from South America (which I had just read about in the Last Days of the Incas.) What history ...more
Meryll Levine Page
You have to be a committed military historian to really love this book but I found De Bruhl's siege and battle descriptions to be vivid and clear. More importantly, this is not a history book that simply cheers for one side and blasts the opponents. The Ottomans, the Knights of Malta, and the Christian forces at the battle of Lepanto are treated with even-handedness. De Bruhl presents this contest between the Ottoman and the Christian world in all its complexity.
Xerodog
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well researched and an good counterbalance to the idea that Dresden was deliberately and wantonly destroyed for no other reason than to instill terror. De Bruhn's examination of the major personalities involved is also fascinating, especially hi description of the "flinty" "Bomber" Harris, a man who had the power and was ruthless in his use of it. This is the necessity for a military leader, though - something that we civilians should not ever forget.
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Wesley
May 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
A super interesting and informative read; however towards the end when it talks more about what happened to the people in Dresden during the bombings it's a lot to stomach, pretty intense.
Bruce Thomas
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very thorough report of events culminating in the firebombing of Dresden. I was happy to find the author not being apologetic like so many WW2 history re-writers.
Josh McAdams
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Great overview of strategic bombing in WW2.
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