Revenge played a big role in the cruelty and atrocity associated with World War II. One of the best known examples of revenge in WWII are the civilian bombings by both sides. One of the most devastating was the bombing of Dresden, Germany by the Allies on February 13th-15th, 1945.
Many believe that the bombing of the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6th and 9th, 1945 by America, were revenge-motivated. They believe that it was unnecessary because the Japanese had already agreed to surrender. It caused the deaths of thousands of civilians and created horrific destruction.
The Expulsion of the Germans by the Soviets in 1945 is another example of a revenge-motivated war move. When the Soviets invaded Germany they committed horrible atrocities. Cruelty was their motto. They didn’t just merely invade–they caught and murdered innocent civilians. The Soviets could have just taken over Germany without killing civilians, committing atrocities, etc…. Instead, they purposefully were brutal, influenced by revenge.
The brutality of WWII caused around fifteen million military deaths and a horrifying forty-five million civilian deaths. Revenge played a big role in WWII and also the coming events in western history.