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The Allied Bombing of German Cities During the Second World War from a Canadian Perspective

Journal of the History of International Law, Vol. 14, pp. 87-122, 2012

36 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2012  

Christopher P. M. Waters

University of Windsor - Faculty of Law

Robert Nelson

University of Windsor

Date Written: May 1, 2012

Abstract

This paper addresses the history of the legality of the aerial bombardment of civilians, from the earliest attempts at legalization, through the inter-war period and into the actual bombing campaigns of the Second World War. We then chart the paucity of discussion of the legality of said bombing both during the war and throughout the Cold War, and finish with the occasional interruptions to the legal silence since 1992 in Canada and elsewhere.

Keywords: aerial bombardment, Bomber Command, International Humanitarian Law, Second World War, bombing, civilians, Law of Armed Conflict, History of International Law, Canada, legal history

Suggested Citation

Waters, Christopher P. M. and Nelson, Robert, The Allied Bombing of German Cities During the Second World War from a Canadian Perspective (May 1, 2012). Journal of the History of International Law, Vol. 14, pp. 87-122, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2128814

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Robert Nelson

University of Windsor ( email )

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Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4
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