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Photographs showing the devastation of Coventry, November 1940
Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum SG14861, H5595)
IWM SG14861; photo of Coventry, 1940 IWM H5595; photo of Coventry, 1940
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IWM SG14861; photo of Coventry, 1940

Questions

  1. Luftwaffe bombers attacked Coventry on the night of 14 November 1940, killing 554 people and injuring 805. Although many important factories were hit in the raid, production was restored within one week. Do you think this sort of raid was an effective way to make an enemy lose their morale?

  2. How might events such as the bombing of Coventry influence the British decision to bomb Dresden?

  3. Do you think that the people of Coventry would share the views of Churchill and his War Cabinet that area bombing was a good idea?