Dresden by Frederick Taylor
Tuesday, February 13, 1945

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For decades it has been assumed that the Allied bombing of Dresden -- a cultured city famous for its china, chocolate, and fine watches -- was militarily unjustifiable, an act of retribution for Germany's ceaseless bombing of London and other parts of England.

Now, Frederick Taylor's groundbreaking research offers a completely new examination of the facts and reveals that Dresden was a highly militarized city actively involved in the production of military armaments and communications. Incorporating first-hand accounts, contemporaneous press material and memoirs, and never-before-seen government records, Taylor proves unequivocally the very real military threat Dresden posed -- and how a legacy of propaganda shrouded the truth for sixty years.

 

About Frederick Taylor

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Frederick Taylor studied history and modern languages at Oxford and did postgraduate work at Sussex University. He edited and translated the The Goebbels Diaries,and is the author of the bestsellers Dresden and The Berlin Wall.
 
Published April 10, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 560 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Biographies & Memoirs, Professional & Technical, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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But Dresden was no innocent haven, Taylor argues, echoing Robin Neillands’s argument in The Bomber War (2001): Dresden served as an important rail center that brought reinforcements and supplies to the Eastern Front (though by that time the Russians were only 70 miles away), and it manufactured i...

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Dresden: 13 February 1945 by Frederick Taylor Bloomsbury £20, pp518 The weather on the flight across Germany had been cloudy.

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Dresden: Tuesday 13 February 1945 by Frederick Taylor 544pp, Bloomsbury, £20 At about 6pm on February 13 1945, aircraft from RAF Bomber Command's elite 5 Group took off from Swinderby in Lincolnshire.

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BC Books

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On the morning of February 13 1945, Dresden was in full flower.

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People

The WW II firebombing of the German city of Dresden by British and American air forces in 1945 has become a symbol for the unjust cruelty of war.

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The Ranting Dragon

Butcher himself said that Ghost Story is “the LEAST stand-aloney book of the series” and that “skipping ahead to it will get [a new reader] a lot of stuff that is inexplicable.”[Source] So, as with any series, I recommend you begin with book one.

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The Ranting Dragon

Storm Front is the first novel of Jim Butcher’s best-selling urban fantasy series, The Dresden Files.

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The Ranting Dragon

Come the beginning of Turn Coat, book eleven of Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files, Harry Dresden, the only guy in the Chicago phonebook under the heading “Wizards,” has very little reason to love the Wardens of the White Council of Wizards.

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The Ranting Dragon

In addition to the novels, graphic novels, television show, and role playing game, there are The Dresden Files short stories and novelettes.

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The Ranting Dragon

Proven Guilty is the eighth book in Jim Butcher’s bestselling The Dresden Files.

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The Ranting Dragon

After some much-needed time off, Harry Dresden is now back in town.

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HistoryNet

Relying on both extensive original research and recent works by German scholars, Taylor sketches a complex portrait of the city, its social and political history and its role in the German war economy.

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Project MUSE

In his description of the British domestic opposition to city bombing Taylor gives much credit to the Labour Member of Parliament, Richard Stokes, a critic of much less weight and importance than George Bell, Bishop of Chichester, who is not mentioned at all.

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