(1939-1945) WWII
Berlin  Germany
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Any Books on Architecture lost to WWII bombings?
7/30/2020 8:20:06 AM
Does anyone know of any books on the various historic cities and architecture that were destroyed in WWII? For the life of me I cannot find one. ‬I can’t even find photos of what Dresden or Tokyo looked like before the fire bombings.
Brian Grafton
Victoria BC Canada
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Any Books on Architecture lost to WWII bombings?
8/16/2020 12:50:17 AM
yuvismahi2, welcome to MHO. And what a great question!

Are your interests behind the question specific or general? Mention of Dresden and Tokyo suggest a general interest. Are you looking for images or descriptions? Are you looking for before/after photos, or are you looking for visual confirmation of the many verbal descriptions that are available?

More specifically, do you have an axe to grind? I ask because you mention two of the most controversial conventional bombing attacks of WW2 – or, at least, two of the most discussed targets of conventional bombing. Is it bombing damage you’re interested in, or the random damage that occurs when war wanders through a location? Nearly every town/city that encountered war suffered: Warsaw. Monte Casino. Rotterdam. Coventry. Rostock. Lübeck. Leningrad. Stalingrad. The list is huge.

In mid-1942, RAF Bomber Command assaulted some Hanseatic League cities, using them as “test” sites for new bombing techniques and various bombload percentages. This was seen by Germany as an assault on German “Kultur”, and indeed cities like Lübeck and Rostok had rich structural histories. Are you interested in such issues? Coventry Cathedral was re-imagined after the Luftwaffe visited. Does you interest spread to destruction outside Germany? Your own home town was a favourite target for making the rubble bounce, which is repulsive but a truth. Is that the kind of issue that raises your dander?

I’d love to see if I could help you more, but really need to know the focus of your interest.

Cheers. And stay safe.
Brian G

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