Talk:Bombing of Foggia

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I think that it's important to keep this article alive because of the 20,298 civil casualties, which make Foggia one of the most destroyed cities of World War II, with one third of its population being killed. A recent article by german historians says that Dresda, the most bombed german city of the WWII, had around 19,000 casualties: less than Foggia. Is one of the mayor objectives in southern Italy for Operation Husky not worthy of being taken into consideration? Is this tragedy of over twenty thousand casualties not worthy of being written on an encyclopedia? Your call. -- by the creator of this page.

Oppose deletion.I don't have a problem with keeping the article. However, in its current form it is written in an emotive non-encyclopaedic style with no citations to support the facts as stated. In particular, the article seems to use "casualties" and "deaths" in an interchangable sense when casualties normally refer to dead and injured. The original author of this article is clearly not of native English tongue but should not be penalised for that. A non-Anglo-Saxon input to WWII articles should be encouraged to provide balance. In this context, the Air Raid on Bari is arguably no more notable but receives substantial coverage possibly because the casualties were Allied?
While I would be happy to copy edit the article into a more encyclopaedic style, I am not prepared to do this until the facts are supported by citations. I have no appropriate reference sources in my library, so this must be done by someone else. Stephen Kirrage talk - contribs 10:31, 18 November 2010 (UTC)
Thank you for your very educated reply. I will search for citations and photos as soon as possible. The main problem is that most of them are from italian articles and books — all verified in the italian wiki version of this page — but I think that history can't be changed according to different languages. As you justly said it's a good thing to have contributes from people of different countries as it helps in building a more complete and better balanced wiki. Best regards. -- by the creator of this page.