Books: Updating the Mongols

THE BOMBING OF GERMANY by Hans Rumpf. 256 pages. Holt, Rinehart & Winston. $4.50.

The city of Dresden, teeming with war prisoners and refugees, was of little military importance. It was so unlikely a target that its antiaircraft had been dismantled. Yet on the night of Feb. 13, 1945, three months before the war was to end, Allied bombers raided the city, demolishing eleven square miles of magnificent buildings and killing some 150,000 people, far more than the total number who died in either atomic raid on Japan and almost three times the number killed in all the German attacks on Britain.

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