Dresden was the capital city of Saxon in Germany. It was of no military significance to anyone. Not even the Third Reich. Dresden was as much of a military threat as Couer d’ Alene , Idaho is today. It was one of those places where you park the car, walk down main street and feel safe. Not on February 13th 1945.
This will be a short article as writing about 2/13/1945 makes my stomach hurt, my eyes tear up and it makes me angry for the rest of the day. The memory robs me of my “Freedom”. There are two things that my country (The same one I fought for) did that make me less than proud to be an American. (And please don’t take this like a stupid Michelle Obama statement) The first is the genocide of the indigenous people of North America, The Native Americans. The 2nd was the attempted Genocide of the German people which was the Idea of Winston Churchill in cooperation with F.D.R. I’ve provided links above if want to read the details.
In a nut shell, because I can feel my stomach knotting up already, the Red Army (Russia) had crossed into Berlin. This Army was a lawless band of killers hell bent on revenge and immorality. They destroyed and raped anything that moved on their way to Berlin.
From The Article on Wikipedia: “Russian War Crimes” Sub category- “Mass Rapes”
Following the Red Army’s capture of Berlin in 1945, Soviet troops raped German women and girls as young as eight years old. Estimates of the total number of victims range from tens of thousands to two million.
After the summer of 1945, Soviet soldiers caught raping civilians were usually punished to some degree, ranging from arrest to execution. The rapes continued, however, until the winter of 1947–48, when Soviet occupation authorities finally confined troops to strictly guarded posts and camps.
When word that the Red Army was approaching Berlin in January of 1945; many of the German Women and Children left Berlin for the supposed safer confines of Dresden.
The Head of R.A.F. Bomber Command Arthur “Bomber” Harris is known for his sadistical war crime statement just prior to the Bombing of Dresden. “We’ll show the Russians we can win this war with our Bombers“.
But it wasn’t that simple. They didn’t just massacre the people of Dresden. Prior to the night of the 13th of February 1945, British fighters strafed the “German Trail of tears” from Berlin to Dresden, killing not only Women, Children and the Elderly, but even their pets. What they couldn’t hit with their .30 caliber machine guns they hit with Bombs.
The Berlin refugees that made it to Dresden thought they were safe. But that night 3 waves of 722 British and 527 American heavy Bombers made a ruthless Bombing raid on Dresden. The Ordnance they were dropping were not conventional bombs, rather thermite “Fire Bombs”. The Bombs were not designed to explode a factory of building, but designed to start a “Fire Storm” which it did successfully. It was the WWII equivalent to Napalm.
I am at the point where this article is about to turn into a hateful rant.
So I will just post the speeches given by F.D.R. and Winston Churchill in regards to the Mass Murders (War Crimes) that took place in 13 cities at the close of the war in Germany. Then I will make my statement in closing.
“We have got to be tough with Germany and I mean the German people, not just the Nazis. You either have to castrate the German people or you have got to treat them in such a manner so they can’t just go on reproducing people who want to continue the way they have in the past.” ~ Roosevelt
No these are not Jews. They are Germans.
FDR’s Justification for the genocidal bombing of Germany.
Operation Thunderclap was designed to kill civilians (NOT SOLDIERS) fleeing from the Red Army for their own safety because both FDR and Churchill were afraid of the so called German Race. The targeted cities of operation Clarion were nothing more than state sponsored murders. No better than Hitler’s war on the Jew. (Nuremburg was targeted because it was an “Ideological city”) Britain killed 3 times as many German civilians as U.S. Bombers. Britain hit Germany with 20 times the payload Germany hit Britain with.
“You must understand that this war is not against Hitler or National Socialism, but against the strength of the German people, which is to be smashed once and for all, regardless of whether it is in the hands of Hitler or a Jesuit priest.” ~Winston Churchill
Yes, War is Hell and Hitler and his cronies committed the worst war crimes imaginable. But That was Hitler, not the German people. It brings shame to me to know that America had a part in this atrocity. The same F.D.R. that allowed America to participate in these lawless executions, also incarcerated 110,000 Americans of Asian ethnicity on the West Coast of The United States.
All I can say to the German people is: Ich bin sehr traurig.
Back in WWII so many countries did so many cruel things I don’t even want to think about. And it’s kind to see that you are not proud of everything your country did. As well as I’m not proud of what my country did back in those days.
I grew up in Dresden and the history about the days of WWII can be found everywhere. Wheter it’s the reconstructed Frauenkirche or digged out bombs from that time that forces people to be evacuated from their homes for a couple of hours or a whole day.
But the people of Dresden remain strong. And every year on February 13 thousands of Dresdens citizen forming up a huge ring through the city, holding their hands together and demonstrate a remarkable sign against the march up of the neo Nazis and facism on this day.
I think that’s really remarkable. Because we can’t change the history to be different. So dropping tears for those days won’t help anyone. But out of the historical role of Dresden we can stick together and make the future a better place. And that’s something a lot of Dresdens citizens are aware of. From the children up to the elderly. Because it’s our historical responsibilty. And that’s what Dresden makes a really awesome place.
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