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On the "not bombing Auschwitz"

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Submitted by Devasahayam (United States), Jun 16, 2008 at 10:41

The idea that bombing of Auschwitz (or, more accurately, the railtracks leading to the camp) would have saved any lives is a fallacy based on using 1950's fighter-bombers--when in reality, actual combat aircraft in 1939 (and even 1943) consisted of:

  • heavy level-bombers (such as Liberator, Flying Fort, Lanc) -- slow (especially compared to fighters) and not very manoeuvrable
  • medium level-bombers (Mitchell, Marauder, ...) -- lower in range than heavies, still slower and much less maneouvrable than fighters
  • dive-bombers (Dauntless, Lysander, ...) -- absolutely pathetic against fighters (see footage of Battle Of Britain of Stukas against Spitfire and Hurries)
  • fighters -- would need modification to carry bombs, which would have impacted their speed and manoeuvrability
Plus, another assumption of having a "clean field" with no enemy (mostly German Luftwaffe) aircraft opposing--rather unrealistic.

Given the extreme cruelty of the Nazis, it is not inconceivable that they would have made prisoners march to death-camps on foot (which would have killed many through exertion and exposure) or forced them to repair the lines.

The best-case number for prisoners' lives saved by bombing camps/railtracks turns out to be---ZERO!

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