On February 13, 1945, Allied forces began a massive firebombing of Dresden, Germany. Firebombing is a technique that aims to damage a target through fire, not the impact of powerful bombs. Over the course of the next three days, British and American forces dropped more than 2,500 tons of explosive and incendiary devices on Dresden.Dresden was a munitions hub, and its population had swelled with immigrants fleeing the advancing Soviet army in Germany’s east. The firebombing killed 25,000 people and nearly destroyed the entire city center. The devastation led many Allied leaders to reconsider the tactic, with Winston Churchill calling the firebombing “mere acts of terror and wanton destruction.”
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry Allies Noun
alliance of countries that opposed the Axis during World War II. The Allies were led by the U.S., the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union.
to ruin or make useless.
material that can quickly and violently expand due to a chemical change.
to attack with incendiary devices.
person who moves to a new country or region.
capable or likely to catch and spread fire.
very large or heavy.
munitions Plural Noun
military equipment, especially weapons and ammunition.
having to do with the Soviet Union and the areas it influenced.
procedure or method for accomplishing a goal.
method of doing something.
careless, or without regard for what is fair, just, or humane.