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FEBRUARY 14 marks the dreadful day when the City of Dresden and up to one million residents and refugees, virtually all women and children and the aged, in just two days were fed into the Allied RAF and USAF incinerators. Inconvenient History, this recognised war crime of international notoriety will forever stain the symbols and coats of armour of Britain, the United States and their sadistic air armies.
Many of the crews, following orders, were doubtful and left the ashes of many German and French cities and towns and the simmering embers of civilians with great misgivings. The news finally leaked out from under the doors of the shamed censors.
‘I have read the reviews of the biographies of Sir Arthur Harris with extremely mixed feelings and also Robert Kee’s letter. (8 July).
On 13 February 1945, I was a navigator on one of the Lancaster bombers that devastated Dresden. I well remember the briefing by our Group Captain. We were told that the Red Army was thrusting towards Dresden, that the town would be crowded with refugees, and that the centre of the town would be full of women and children. Our aiming point would be the market place.
‘I recall that we were somewhat uneasy, but we did as we were told. We accordingly bombed the target and on our way back our wireless operator picked up a German broadcast accusing the RAF of terror tactics, and that 65,000 civilians had died. We dismissed this as German propaganda.
‘The penny didn’t drop until a few weeks later when my squadron received a visit from the Crown Film Unit who were making the wartime propaganda films. There was a mock briefing, with one notable difference. The same Group Captain now said, ‘as the market place would be filled with women and children on no account would we bomb the centre of the town. Instead, our aiming point would be a vital railway junction to the east.
‘I can categorically confirm that the Dresden raid was a black mark on Britain’s war record. The aircrews on my squadron were convinced that this wicked act was not instigated by our much-respected guvnor ‘Butch’ Harris but by Churchill. I have waited 29 years to say this, and it still worries me.’ – A. Williams, Nottingham. The Observer, August 8 1984.
Nobody knows for sure just how many innocent civilians, mostly women and terrified children were burned to death by RAF and USAF aircrews. What is beyond dispute is that the city was of no military significance whatsoever. It is reluctantly conceded in the small print of the war victors’ propagandists that the wholesale indiscriminate slaughter did not shorten the war by as much as a minute, nor was it intended to.
To all intents and purposes the combined forces of three world empires, Soviet, British and American had won the war by February 13 – 14. The British Government were well aware that this city and many others in Germany, Austria and France were defenceless, which might be considered an advantage. There was little danger to aircrews; it was a turkey shoot. Dresden’s 600,000 population was swollen by an estimated further 500,000 refugees fleeing from the onslaught of the rapist Red Army. Palace media has put the numbers slaughtered as low as 30,000; half the numbers one would expect in a small town’s sports stadium: shame or holocaust denial?
The RAF, as usual, was dropping propaganda leaflets on the city. During the night before the raids, February 13, a leaflet headed, ‘Partei Flieft aus Dresden’, was picked up and read by the defeated population. It revealed that ‘All the schools in the city had been closed to provide shelter for an army of refugees arriving from the east.’
When the scale of Bomber Command’s ‘success’ in what was described as ‘the worst massacre in the history of the world’ became known, it ill became the RAF to afterwards spineless claim to have known nothing of the refugees.
‘Is terror bombing now part of our policy? Why is it that the people of this country who are supposed to be responsible for what is going on, are the only people who may not know what is being done in their name? On the other hand, if terror bombing be part of our policy, why was this statement put out at all? I think we shall live to rue the day we did this, and that it (the bombing of Dresden) will stand for all time as a blot on our escutcheon.’ – Richard Stokes, MP.
This Member of Parliament was referring to the Associated Press Correspondent of Supreme Allied Headquarters in Paris. This had gloated. ‘This was an unprecedented assault in daylight on the refugee-crowded capital fleeing from the Soviet Red Army tide in the East. The report had been widely broadcast in America, and by Paris Radio. It was suppressed in Britain for fear of public revulsion.
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