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Extract from the official account of Bomber Command by Arthur Harris, 1945
(Catalogue ref: AIR 16/487)
AIR 16/487; Harris’s account of Bomber Command, 1945


  1. According to this account, how successful was the raid?

  2. What is the attitude towards the Dresden raid? What does this suggest about the views of Harris on area bombing?

  3. Explain what Harris means by the attack having a 'moral effect'?

  4. Does this source provide any evidence that Harris rather than Churchill was chiefly responsible for the Dresden raid? Explain your answer.