Supporters of Britain’s “area bombing” (targeting civilians instead of military or industrial sites) maintain that it was a vital part of the war.Churchill wrote that he wanted “absolutely devastating, exterminating attacks by very heavy bombers from this country upon the Nazi homeland”. His aim was to demoralise the Germans to catalyse regime change.“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. (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. But in November 1941 the Commander-in-Chief of Bomber Command said he had been intentionally bombing civilians for a year.Research suggests that the soaring homelessness levels and family break ups did indeed depress civilian morale, but there is no evidence it helped anyone prise Hitler’s cold hand off the wheel.Others maintain that it was ghastly, but Hitler started it so needed to be answered in a language he understood.Unfortunately, records show that the first intentional “area bombing” of civilians in the Second World War took place at Monchengladbach on at Churchill’s orders (the day after he dramatically became prime minister), and four months before the Luftwaffe began its Blitz of British cities. Numerous military and church leaders voiced strong opposition.Freemason Dyson, now one of Britain’s most eminent physicists, worked at Bomber Command from 1943-5.
He wanted to write about it, but then found the American novelist Kurt Vonnegut had said everything he wanted to say.Like Gregg, Vonnegut had been a prisoner in Dresden that night.He claimed that only one person in the world derived any benefit from the slaughterhouse — him, because he wrote a famous book about it which pays him two or three dollars for every person killed.Im Rahmen des DFG-Programms "Open Access Publizieren" konnte die Universität Regensburg Mittel einwerben, um einen Etat für die Finanzierung von Publikationsgebühren einzurichten.
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