13 February – Today in German History

1945

  • Start of the firebombing of Dresden. On the evening of February 13, 1945, a series of Allied firebombing raids begins against the German city of Dresden, reducing the “Florence of the Elbe” to rubble and flames, and killing roughly 25,000 people. Despite the horrendous scale of destruction, it arguably accomplished little strategically, since the Germans were already on the verge of surrender.
  • During World War II, the Soviets captured Budapest, Hungary, from the German army.
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