The largest Allied raid on Berlin took place on March 18 1945—shortly before Germany's surrender in May 45; some historians argue the raid was designed to justify the massive cost of the conventional bombing campaign in Europe.
- In early 1945, German forces were retreating.
- Despite this, more than 3,000 German V-2 rockets killed more than 4,500 Allied civilians.
- However, the V-2s had little strategic impact on the allies.
- In February 1945, Anglo-American air forces destroyed Dresden, Germany, killing 25,000+ civilians.
- During WW2, approximately 1.4 million bombs were dropped on Germany.
- By Feb 1945, the allies had already liberated several concentration camps.
- On March 18, over twelve hundred US Army Air Force bombers attacked Berlin.
- As well as conventional fighters, the Germans also deployed the Messerschmitt Me 262 German jet fighter,
- Unfortunately for Germany, this plane did not have the impact that Goering and Hitler expected. See The Myth of the German "Wonder Weapons".
- The Me-262 was a case of too little and too late.
- The Germans were outnumbered 25 to 1 but shot down seven B-17 bombers and six American fighters.
- A few months later, the US dropped the Atom Bomb on two Japanese cities, using only a few planes compared to the twelve hundred used to bomb Berlin.
- The strategic impact caused by the atom bomb resulted in Japan surrendering shortly after the bombs had been dropped.
Source Information the National WW2 Museum