10 March 1945: 334 B-29s dropping incendiaries destroy ~267,000 buildings; ~25% of city (Operation Meetinghouse) killing some 100,000

I recently finished reading Slaughterhouse 5, Vonnegut’s ‘antiwar’ (it’s really not) story about the fire bombing of Dresden in World War II.

Vonnegut apparently got the numbers of the Dresden bombing wrong — but still, people forget that conventional weapons can still be as destructive as nuclear weapons. Hiroshima was ‘synthetically’ large because it was actually left INTENTIONALLY unbombed — the Americans wanted to accurately gauge the damage of Little Boy, you see?

Anyway, in the end I spend 4 hours researching nuclear warfare. Grim, grim reading.

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