Published on 14 Jul 2016
This is not the full video. Full Video Documentry at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUt-y…
All acknowledgements and thanks for the original video presentation (& reproduced here) should be directed to: Director: Kyle Hunt.
Writers: Thomas Goodrich, Kyle Hunt (Based on the book `Hellstorm` by Thomas Goodrich.)
Victor Gregg, a British para captured at Arnhem, was a prisoner of war in Dresden that night who was ordered to help with the clear up. In a 2014 BBC interview he recalled the hunt for survivors after the apocalyptic firestorm. In one incident, it took his team seven hours to get into a 1,000-person air-raid shelter in the Altstadt. Once inside, they found no survivors or corpses: just a green-brown liquid with bones sticking out of it. The cowering people had all melted. In areas further from the town centre there were legions of adults shrivelled to three feet in length. Children under the age of three had simply been vaporised.
It was not the first time a German city had been firebombed. “Operation Gomorrah” had seen Hamburg torched on 25 July the previous year. Nine thousand tons of explosives and incendiaries had flattened eight square miles of the city centre, and the resulting inferno had created an oxygen vacuum that whipped up a 150-mile-an-hour wind burning at 800 Celsius. The death toll was 37,000 people. (By comparison, the atom bomb in Nagasaki killed 40,000 on day one.) Chief of the Air Staff Charles Portal had calculated that bombing civilians could kill 900,000 in 18 months, seriously injure a million more, destroy six million homes, and “de-house” 25 million, creating a humanitarian crisis that, he believed, would speed up the war.
This thinking was not trumpeted from the rooftops. But in November 1941 the Commander-in-Chief of Bomber Command said he had been intentionally bombing civilians for a year. “I mention this because, for a long time, the Government, for excellent reasons, has preferred the world to think that we still held some scruples and attacked only what the humanitarians are pleased to call Military Targets. I can assure you, gentlemen, that we tolerate no scruples.”
The first intentional “area bombing” of civilians in the Second World War took place at Monchengladbach on 11 May 1940 at Churchill’s orders (the day after he dramatically became prime minister), and four months before the Luftwaffe began it`s aerial retaliation.
Dresden was a civilian town without military significance. It had no material role of any sort to play in the closing months of the war. So, what strategic purpose did burning its men, women, old people, and children serve?
At the Nuremberg Tribunal. In one final irony, the prosecution presented photographs of the Dresden dead as “evidence” of alleged National Socialist atrocities against Jewish concentration-camp inmates!
‘After a very short while,’ reports a woman, herself an evacuee from Cologne, trapped in another basement, ‘we had to put on our gas masks and goggles. Smoke and fumes were pouring through the breaches in the cellar walls from the cellars on both sides. There were no gas masks however for the infants. The people who suffered most were the elderly and the children. With my own eyes I had to watch as a three week old baby suffocated in the arms of its mother.’
‘The conflagration in Dresden nourished the suspicion that the western Allies were concerned only with the liquidation of the German Volk,’ suggested the Inspector of German Fire Services in memoirs written after the war. To those in Dresden who had survived the first attack, it seemed that all they had been told about the Allies’ Morgenthau Plan was materialising only too quickly.’ Jewish politicians wanted their complete destruction. President Franklin Roosevelt endorsed the Morgenthau plan which called for the complete destruction of Germany and it’s people. And on early February of 1945 leaders of the three most powerful nations on Earth assembled, Winston Churchill, Josef Stalin, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, to discuss the future of Germany. The three made plans to kill and starve as many Germans as possible, and enslave what was left of the German peoples.
Up until Churchill’s appointment as prime minister both Germany and Britain had stuck to a pledge not to attack targets in each other’s cities where civilians were at risk. The decision to take the gloves off was Churchill’s. Ethical restraints which had been imposed at the start of the war became slowly eroded as a result of Britain’s decision to initiate ‘unrestricted’ bombing of targets located in Germany’s urban areas.