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GERMANY: Carpet and precision bombing

A feature of World War II was the carpet bombing of Germany. The general attitude in the West was that the Germans had it coming to them. The West Germans felt so too, and in their shame avoided the subject but in East Germany, as at Dresden, it was played up as a crime of the "imperialists". Now the idea of carpet bombing is no longer acceptable; hence the stress on precision bombing. The New York Times (1/16/03) has a long article entitled "The Germans Are Breaking An Old Taboo. Speaking About the Trauma of Carpet Bombing and Ruin After 50 Years of Silence".

Ronald Hilton - 1/21/03