Sinclair McKay

In February 1945, Allied forces obliterated Dresden, dropping bombs weighing over 1000lb every seven and a half seconds. An estimated 25,000 people were killed. And ever since, debate has raged: was Dresden a legitimate military target, or a savage act of mass murder? To mark the 75th anniversary, historian Sinclair McKay, author of The Secret Life of Bletchley Park and The Mile End Murder, has recreated the night of the attack minute by minute in his new book Dresden. In today’s illuminating talk, he will draw on individual testimony and never-before-seen sources to guide us through the deeply moving story of this terrible night.

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