Yes, it's incredible they survived. Because it's you guys,
, I actually have dug out my journal from 1987 where I had 20 pages of photographs of my horse and some of her ancestors and their histories. Here's the bit I wrote down about that incident, directly from my source, which was an Arabian history book her breeder had lent me: "OFIR (Kuhailan-Haifi DB / Dziwa). Bay stallion foaled 1933. Sire of the great stallions Witraz, Wielki Szlem, Witez II. Ofir was one of the 80 Polish stallions encountering a bomb attack in Dresden, 60 of which broke loose in the flames and devastation, and most of these died. A small, wiry groom, Jan Ziniewicz, held on to Ofir, whose tail was caught alight, and Wielki Szlem; who struggled furiously while the streets around them became littered with the carcases of the less fortunate. Both stallions survived."
Dresden was supposed to be a safe city, which is why everyone had flocked there, but then it was bombed anyway. In the same bombing where my Arabian mare's ancestor's tail caught alight, my parents were pre-schoolers and in the same city because it was supposed to be safe. They remember the bombing even though they were so little. So my late mare and I are both descended from survivors of the Dresden bombings.
They have the exact photo I have of Ofir (from an Arabian magazine) on the All Breeds Database:
Also they have this photo of his son Wielki Szlem, who was the other stallion held by the groom:
Ofir had many progeny; my mare is descended from him through his son Witraz, and then his daughter Arfa, a race mare. Witraz was also the sire of Bask.
Arfa was the mother of Argos, who was imported to England for breeding, and was a show champion there.
Awwww, the horses from those lines are so beautiful... have a look at this page of old-type Arabians: https://www.allbreedpedigree.com/ind...&pedloggedin=0
Stories and rabbit holes...