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Urban renewal the Arthur Harris way.

Large German city located on the banks of the River Elbe in the state of Saxony. Dresden is famous for two things: twee pottery, and having the shit kicked out of it by Crab Air in 1945. In fact, forget the pottery. It was Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris' urban redevelopment programme that put Dresden on the map... or rather wiped it off.

The bombing of Dresden is covered in great detail elsewhere, but what isn't is the attitude of the poor voiceless fuckers who were on the receiving end of Hitler's war machine from Day 1. You want a philosophical analysis? Look elsewhere. This is ARRSEpedia.

Like the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the wailing and gnashing of teeth comes from the revisionist, lefty, Guardianisti anti-everything brigade who've lead charmed and comfortable lives at daddy's expense and never been forced to do anything against their will, like (for instance) build a railway through impenetrable jungle or work in a salt mine whilst suffering from dysentery or malaria.

Most of those fortunate enough to survive the above have a notably different take on the area bombing of the Third Reich. The fact that Germany capitulated within three months was, in no small part, due to the obliteration of a pretty, Medieval city that just happened to have escaped attention for six years. Oh well!