At the moment I am reading an interesting book “So war der deutsche Landser. / So was the German soldier. (BpB 2021)”. One chapter is about the German fighter aces on the Eastern Front.
There I read this sentence:
“The East German historian Olaf Groehler claimed that the bombing of cities was a typical feature of imperialist warfare. The Soviet Union did not commit such barbarism. (page 193)”
Is that true? Was there no strategic bombing of cities, industrial plants or transport infrastructure by the Red Army air force? Did the Red Army even have appropriate bombers, comparable to the B17? When I think of Soviet war planes, the first thing that comes to mind is the IL-2. Have the Allies made deliveries of bombers (B17 / Lancaster?) to the Soviet Union under the Lend-Lease Act?