Dan Snow and Sinclair McKay

Dresden - The Fire and The Darkness

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Tue 4th February 2020 Start Time: 6:30 pm End Time: 7:30 pm

Coventry Cathedral


In four devastating raids between 13th and 15th February 1945, the Allies obliterated Dresden, the ‘Florence of the Elbe’. Explosive bombs weighing over 1000lbs fell every seven and a half seconds and an estimated 25,000 people were killed. Was Dresden a legitimate military target, or was the bombing a last act of atavistic mass murder in a war already won, to wreak revenge on the bombing of Coventry?

In a one-off festival special event to mark the 75th anniversary of that fateful raid, we welcome the historian Dan Snow and the best-selling author of The Secret Life of Bletchley Park, Sinclair McKay, whose book, Dresden - The Fire and The Darkness, explore the stories behind the bombing. Writing with warmth and colour about morality in war, the instinct for survival, the gravity of mass destruction and the manipulation of memory, this is a master historian at work.

‘Beautifully-crafted, elegiac, compelling - Dresden delivers with a dark intensity and incisive compassion rarely equalled. Authentic and authoritative, a masterpiece of its genre’ Damien Lewis, author of Zero Six Bravo

Single ticket £14
Single ticket with discounted book £25
Double ticket with one discounted book £32

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