dresden was never a great center of the nazis war machine. But it was a part of the Nazi war machine There might have been a war industry near dresen but surely not in the historical central parts or the areas where many people lived. In pre-war Europe there weren't industrial estates, factories tended to be located all over towns, and the workers usually lived close by A further tragedy was that many people who fled from the east were killed in this bombing and even many refugees from labour-camps and even concentrationcamps. Taylors book showed us two things. Firstly there were far fewer refugees in Dresden than was thought, the authorities had a policy of moving them further west as soon as possible. Secondly, the bombing saved the lives of most of the few Dresden jews still in the city, they had just recieved notification to report to the authorities for 'relocation', the bombing disrupted this, saving them. furthermore the bombing took place at the extreme end of the war when the production of war goods came to an end . All the factories in Dresden were still in production at the time of the bombing. If you have any further questions, read Taylors book.