\What is psychological warfare? According to the British definition it is, “
But why not use it once again? During world war two, one of the worst cases of psychological warfare was preformed. In February of 1945, a small German city Dresden was bombed. This was a shock because until this time cultural centers had been spared. Which had made it a great target, being one of the largest cultural centers of Germany, and a place that no one would expect. There was approximately 640,000 people in Dresden along with almost 300,000 refugees from the other cities bombed during the war. With almost 800 planes deployed on Dresden the city was almost completely destroyed. The event left the people of Dresden with fear and an overwhelming feeling of helplessness. This raid was the worst by far many were killed even more injured, not to mention the important land marks that were nothing more then rubble by the end of it.
In other cases this would have been thought of as a war crime and the allied forces would have been persecuted. Not in this event, it was not allowed to be brought up at the Nuremberg trials. This is because there was no other way, or so it is said to be.
The question that I would like to ask here is, would you have fought for the war to be ended? or would you have gotten mad that everything that you know and love is now destroyed, and have wanted your country to fight harder?
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- psychological-warfare. Dictionary.com. Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. HarperCollins Publishers.http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/psychological-warfare (accessed: October 30, 2015).
- Benjamin Sax and Dieter Kuntz, eds., Inside Hitler’s Germany, A Documentry History of Life in the Third Reich (lextion, Mass.: D.C Health and Company, 1992) 359-363