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source four
Extract on the effect of the attack on German morale, from a British Bombing Survey Unit report, 1949
(Catalogue ref: AIR 20/6393)
AIR 20/6393; extract of report on the effect of bombing, 1949


  1. Does this source suggest that the attempt to break German morale by attacking their towns succeeded or failed? Give reasons for your answer.

  2. What do the British know in 1949 that they didn’t know during the war?

  3. What evidence in this source suggests that the decision to bomb Dresden was wrong? Make a list.