This is a response to a discussion a while back, the dam sabotages were perfectly valid for the war effort what i don't understand is why the allies had to bomb the **** out of every single german city. especially Dresden which 130, 000 people died from allied bombing and this was february 14 only 3 months until the nazi's surrendered. Now that was the allied commanders and pilots moving from tactical operations to genocide and in many cases in the last 4 months of nazi germany, innocent germans were raped pillaged and killed...some allied commanders should have faced war crime punishments....but also germans do to for the concentration camps but they already paid.....sorry got a bit off topic here.
Er, what!? Germany deserved everything it got, which wasn't nearly enough. That despicable nation of the 1930s represents one of the great evils in mankind's history. Complete annihilation would have been reasonable.
At the time no one really cared much about the fate of any german, "the only good german is a dead german" etc. Germany was lucky it wasn't nuked, they should be thankful for that.
Those russian peasants would probably have been starved to death by the evil Nazis anyway, a quick death was at least humane.
4 months to rebuild a dam is significant. The raid was a great success, and was the inspiration for George Lucas' Star Wars attack on the Death Star - what a tribute to the brave pilots!