On that LIFE Magazine issue from 1945 there is something that is not mentioned but that is worth mentioning nowadays and that we didn’t know existed. The Allied bombing of some German cities were controversial even at the time they were being carried out. Especially in renowned cultural centers like Dresden and Nuremberg.
These opinions even appeared in Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. classic novel Slaughterhouse-Five. There he writes about what he witnessed as a prisoner of war in Dresden after the Allied attacks that killed tens of thousands of civilians.
In the closing months of the war, chemical plants and oil refineries were hit hardest and most frequently. Although the Germans went right on producing planes and tanks, they were unable to supply them with enough fuel.
The most substantial destruction was wreaked on the centers of large German cities which are today only dunes of rubble surrounded by gaunt windowless walls. The smaller towns, villages, farm country and even the suburbs of the big cities were relatively undamaged.