Why did the RAF bomb cities?

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Extract from a report by the Turkish ambassador on the effects of raids on Hamburg

Catalogue ref: HW 1/1919

MOST SECRET.
TO BE KEPT UNDER LOCK AND KEY: NEVER TO BE REMOVED FROM THE OFFICE.
TURKISH AMBASSADOR, BERLIN, REPORTS ON BOMBING HAMBURG.

No: 120893
Date: 4th August, 1943.
From: Turkish Ambassador, BERLIN.
To: Foreign Ministry, ANGORA.
Date: 2nd August, 1943.

Further to telegram No.176 [not received].

Reports on the bombing of HAMBURG by RIFAT AKDENIZ and BELBEZ who have been sent to the city and returned to BERLIN the same day, will be transmitted to you by courier of 6th August. It has been learnt both from Germans and from travellers that HAMBURG has been reduced to [? ruins]; all industrial installations there, including the dockyards, have been completely destroyed 200,000 persons have been killed within a week, life in the city is entirely [? disrupted] and administration has passed into the hands of the army. Although everything in the neighbourhood of our [? Consulate] was burning it was saved from the conflagration through the intervention and assistance of German soldiers, and only the windows and doors were [? destroyed]. The torrents of water, gas and - have made it uninhabitable. The Consul's wife and two children were living in an apartment 25 kilometres out of the city and so escaped this - and -.

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