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Flak towers were used by the Nazi Air Force and Air Defense (Luftwaffe) to defend against Allied air raids on Berlin during World War II. The tower also served as air-raid shelters for tens of thousands of people and to coordinate air defense.
This Flak tower in Berlin's Humboldthain neighborhood, designated "Flakturm III", was partially demolished after the war and only one side remains visible while the other side of the tower has been covered and filled op with debris from the homes and buildings of the city.
This is perhaps one of my favourite pictures of WW2... this picture shows the destroyed city of Dresden after the allies bombed it extensively. Dresden was described as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and during WW2 didn't really have much military importance. Sure it had factories but none made major contributions to the German War effort (which was basically over at this point). Many refugees ran there trying to escape the Soviet war machine because they thought Dresden would be safe as it hadn't been touched a whole lot so far, and as I stated before, didn't have a whole lot of military importance. Unfortunately, the refugees were wrong as from the 13th to the 15th of February 1945, Dresden was bombed. 3,900 tons of high-explosive bombs and incendiary bombs were dropped. Because Dresden is fairly windy, a firestorm was created and destroyed 6.5km squared of buildings (more than this was damaged). The thing is, many of the factories (many on the outer edges of the city) were not even targeted. Most of the bombing happened in civilian areas. Around 35-135,000 died (the reason the low and high estimate are so spread apart is because there was an unknown amount of refugees in the city during the bombing), however Nazi German propaganda in the last months of the European part of the war stated the death toll was 200,000. The reason this many people died was Dresden didn't have many defences, only holding around 7 Anti-aircraft guns. After the main city was bombed, many railroads were also bombed, as well as bridges. The bombing has a huge controversy surrounding it. It is certain that the bombing of civilians was to terrorize the German people, but it is not viewed as a war crime (however some of those that participated in the bombing view it as a war crime). #dresden#ww2#germany#wwii#britain#america#us#usa#history#war#berlin#ussr#soviet#unitedstates#uk#ireland#london#worldwar2#world#city#german#british#american#killmhm#killghm