Catalogue ref: PREM 3/11/08
2. Before we can express any opinion I think we must clear up a matter of fact.
At ‘X’ of his minute Sir Henry Tizard says that apart from submarines and shipping Hamburg is not industrially important.
The Ministry of Economic Warfare on the other hand rates the overall economic importance i.e. the contribution to the war effort as being fourth of all the cities of Germany, the first three being Berlin, Duisburg and Bochum/Gelsenkirchen. The M.E.W. give Hamburg the following key points:-
From the above it seems abundantly clear that Hamburg is much more than a dormant centre of peace time commerce and if so I do not think we should refrain from bombing it.