The controversial WWII bombing of Dresden.
Throughout history, civilian casualties and damage to non-warfare related infrastructure has been commonplace during warfare. For example the Assyrians, who existed around 879-612 BC, would make examples of uncooperative towns by murdering their residents and hanging them on poles all around the city.(12)

Despite civilian casualties as a part of war throughout history, amidst the large scale warfare of World War Two both Allied and Axis powers used all and any resources at their disposal in efforts to strike at one another. Such efforts, such as the controversial bombing of Dresden, constitute the first modern war crimes, which led to diplomatic efforts after the war to prevent such acts in the future. 

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