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Cities Bombed During WWII

Which cities suffered the most civilian deaths due to bombing in WWII?
Numbers should be considered crude estimates
Immediate casualties only
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First submittedOctober 8, 2018
Last updatedOctober 8, 2018
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94,000
Tokyo
55,000
Hiroshima
43,000
London
42,600
Hamburg
38,000
Nagasaki
35,000
Berlin
23,000
Dresden
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level 76
Oct 8, 2018
The Wikipedia source seems to be comparing apples to oranges. The casualty figure for Berlin is for 5 years, and the casualty figure for London is for 6 months, but just about everything else is a figure for only a handful of days. And follwing the links reveals that it's not because these cities were only attacked for a few days.
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level 39
Nov 29, 2018
53% get Tokyo... Wow
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level 50
Nov 29, 2018
Most Americans probably learn a lot about Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and thus don't realize that the bombing of Tokyo killed more, and perhaps had a greater role in ending the war than the dropping of the atomic bombs
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level 76
Oct 8, 2018
Well, that was embarrassing... I forgot that the Pacific Theatre was a thing. This is the problem with the British education system.
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level 75
Oct 8, 2018
Yea British education for ww2 is hopeless, they'd have us believe we won it singlehandedly.
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level 69
Oct 9, 2018
well oddly I was the other way around. I tried any number of Japanese cities and discounted London because I didn't see how it would be so high. Some of the comments on the means of calculation seem to bear this out.
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level 76
Oct 9, 2018
And that evacuation and rationing were the most important and most exciting parts of the war.
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level 68
Nov 29, 2018
The Beatles saw that film in "A Day in the Life".
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level 82
Oct 9, 2018
I was totally focused on Europe as well before I actually realised it nowhere specified Europe.
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level 63
Nov 29, 2018
But at least they insist that if you don't eat your meat then you can't have any pudding. I mean, how you can have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?
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level 69
Oct 9, 2018
Interesting facts about bombing of Belgrade in WWII. Belgrade was bombed twice. First time in 1941 by Germans and second time in 1944 by British and American air forces. In both cases it was on Easter Day. Germans have killed about 3500 people and our allies have killed about 1200 citizens of Belgrade and 18 German soldiers.
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level 59
Nov 29, 2018
Wow. I did not know that.
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level ∞
Oct 9, 2018
Agree with the criticisms of the Wikipedia article. I don't think the list of cities changes, but I can see that the numbers are not 100% accurate.
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level 72
Oct 9, 2018
I tried Coventry since that bombing was so famous - an interesting quiz how it puts numbers in perspective. To this day I cannot understand why the allies didn't atom-bomb something symbolic (eg Mt Fuji) to minimise civilian casualties while still making the point dramatically.
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level 72
Dec 17, 2018
Ha that's always the target I thought they should have gone for. It would've been impressive in terms of power and a real psychological blow.
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level 58
Oct 12, 2018
the fire bombing of Dresden is known to have killed approximately 130,000 people.
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level 39
Nov 29, 2018
I was going to say the same thing. I think these numbers are a bit off.
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level 69
Nov 29, 2018
"is know" By whom? Official numbers are up to 25,000.
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level 39
Nov 29, 2018
It is called the Dresden Holocaust
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level 34
Nov 29, 2018
the official numbers are not correct, they dont take into account the missing people or refugees that had been flooding into the city. The records of the men who gathered and burned what was left of the bodies certainly says more than 25,000. Berlin lost way more than the figure here as well. Half a million German civilians at least died due to bombing in the war.
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level 67
Nov 30, 2018
The numbers in this quiz seemed very far off to me as well. With some quick research from a few different sources, casualty estimates range anywhere from 35,000 to 135,000. However, there have been some more recent historians who claim a much lower total, more in line with the number in this quiz, and that's the source Wikipedia evidently believes.
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level 55
Dec 5, 2018
http://www.dresden.de/en/02/07/03/historical_commission.php
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level 55
Dec 5, 2018
No, it didn't. Stop falling for nazi propaganda http://www.dresden.de/en/02/07/03/historical_commission.php
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level 77
Nov 29, 2018
Wow. 7/7 with my first 7 guesses.
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level 47
Nov 29, 2018
What about Warsaw? Entire city was ruined in 1945
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level 78
Nov 29, 2018
I tried Warsaw, too, but the quiz isn't looking for most damage, but most civilian casualties.
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level 66
Nov 29, 2018
More deaths in Tokyo than in Nagasaki and Hiroshima combined? Did not realize that.
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level 77
Nov 29, 2018
Extensive firebombing + huge city + buildings made of paper and wood. I've seen figures that state as many as 100k people were killed in a single day from this.
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level 58
Nov 29, 2018
Which is strange why no one complains about the deaths in Tokyo, while they complain about Hiroshima and Nagasaki, because the use of atom bombs, even though they had less casualties combined.
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level 61
Nov 29, 2018
It is not so strange when you consider the issue from the ethics of warfare. There is a general thread of argument that says that warfare should be costly and difficult. The horrors of war are a significant barrier to the will to enter into war, which gives people (and by extension states) the motivation to avoid war through diplomatic processes whenever possible. Only when the costs of war can be mitigated by lowering one's own loss of life (cf. drone bombing, a single atomic bomb from a single bomber versus thousands of conventional bombs from hundreds of bombers with scores of wings of escort fighters, etc.), mitigated by "getting away with it" internationally (cf. Russia with Crimea and Georgia/South Ossetia, Iraq's severe misjudgment with Kuwait), and/or supremely justified (cf. West vs. Communism) do the horrors of war become "worth it." Atomic warfare makes destroying your enemy too easy and thus too tempting, unless your enemy can destroy you too. Even then, the outcome sucks.
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level 68
Dec 2, 2018
The figures correspond only to immediate deaths. The drama with atomic bombs is not the people who die with the initial blast, but the fact that much more victims will come in the following years (some of them decades after the conflict itself has been resolved, and suffered by children that weren't even born back then).
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level 28
Nov 29, 2018
1:09
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level 53
Nov 29, 2018
Forgot Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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level 28
Feb 6, 2019
Manila, along with Warsaw was the most bombed city in terms of % destroyed. Over 100,000 died, mostly from Allied bombing to 'free' it.
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level 45
Apr 14, 2019
Got them all with 0:38 remaining at 7:25:37 PM on April 14, 2019. Hamburg was the last one I guessed. I've reached 1197 points now.