Started by tbone0106, July 15, 2012, 06:28:49 AM
Quote from: AnnoyingArmedConservative on July 15, 2012, 08:36:16 AMActually Germany DID have a problem with Oil. During the fight for France in '44 Germany had suffered consist shortages in fuel. Plus Germany was never awash in oil. That title goes to America.
Quote from: tbone0106 on July 15, 2012, 01:10:29 PMYes, Germany was pinched for oil from about mid-1944. But was that because of the Allied bombing campaign, or for other reasons? Hitler had planned, for example, to capture the oilfields of the Soviet Caucasus intact and bring their oil back to der Vaterland. That didn't work out too well, especially with that stop-off at Stalingrad, where the Sixth Army -- originally sent south to seal the Caucasus capture -- was destroyed.Germany had controlled the Romanian oilfields from early on, and the Allies bombed the living shit out of them -- almost to their regret. The losses in bombers and aircrew were HORRENDOUS over those intensely defended targets.I guess I'm wondering if the strategic bombing campaign was actually worth what it cost. The toll was huge, and so was the destruction wrought. But the war, I think, would have ended the same way without it, just at a different, probably later, time.
Quote from: Ford289HiPo on July 16, 2012, 02:27:11 PMWe have to admit that the bombing of Dresden went a bit too far. It was totally unnecessary.
Quote from: Possumpoint on July 17, 2012, 10:10:52 AMI've written this many times on many different forums. War is won by killing, hurting, injuring and starving your opponent into submission. You have the other guy dying for their ideals.I support the use of all weapons of war to bring our enemies to their knees. I consider anything less to be a breach of trust to our troops who we expect to fight for us.
Quote from: mdgiles on July 16, 2012, 10:21:18 PMDresden was a rail head and shipping center through which supplies for the Eastern Front were moving. And there are questions as to whether the loses there were really as high (125,000) as Nazi propaganda made them out to be.
Quote from: Ford289HiPo on July 17, 2012, 12:47:30 PMAt the time of the bombing, the war was practically over. Germany was on her knees, and Dresden itself was filled with refugees from the east. At that point, it was senseless destruction.