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Lightguns said:Friend of mine had a theory on the Germans. Because 9/10 of the males were in POW camps or dead at the end of WW2, women were forced to raise the next generation of leaders without the male parent figure during the generation's formative years. The result is the present Germany, he says the same theory can be superimposed on Black American society in the US and Canadian First Nations society. The result is s society unable to understand consequences of actions or accept individual responsibility.
I believe that by 1945, the consequences of actions were understood in Germany ( and Japan ).
The city area raids have left their mark on the German people as well as on their cities. Far more than any other military action that preceded the actual occupation of Germany itself, these attacks left the German people with a solid lesson in the disadvantages of war. It was a terrible lesson; conceivably that lesson, both in Germany and abroad, could be the most lasting single effect of the air war.
It brought home to the German people the full impact of modern war with all its horror and suffering. Its imprint on the German nation will be lasting."
THE UNITED STATES STRATEGIC BOMBING SURVEY
September 30, 1945
I think the lesson was also understood by the Russians,
"...and incidentally to show the Russians when they arrive what Bomber Command can do."