posted on Feb, 11 2013 @ 12:31 PM
Bomber Harris, the RAF commander who ordered the destruction of Dresden towards the end of WWII stated, in a lost interview made in 1977, that he
would do it again.
The attack was widely criticised because of 'blanket bombing' which hit civilian areas as well as military targets - killing thousands of
...chief commander of the Bomber Command tells his interviewer, Air Vice Marshal Tony Mason, that he would do it again if he had to.
He said: 'If I had to have the same time again I would do the same again, but I hope I wouldn’t have to.'
Sir Arthur then adds: 'I hope it’s been of some use, for future generations in keeping them out of these riots. It never does anybody any good.'
During the interview, Mason discusses how many felt the Dresden attack was 'a city too far'.
However Harris stood his ground saying: 'The bombers kept over a million fit Germans out of the German army… Manning the anti-aircraft defences;
making the ammunition, and doing urgent repairs, especially tradesmen.'
I have to agree with Harris. Germany had invaded France, Belgium, Holland, Poland and Russia. It had started an indiscriminate bombing campaign over
London in 1940. For much of the war, the only way for the British to hit back at the Germans was to bomb their cities - a thing the Germans had
already done themselves to civilian targets.
Bomber Command veteran Doug Radcliffe, 89, who is now secretary of the Bomber Command Association, backed his former commander.
He told the Daily Express: 'Our raids meant there were 10,000 88mm anti-aircraft guns pointing up to the sky instead of at our troops and the
'Dresden was a major centre for the manufacture of opticals, such as gun sights and binoculars.'
He added: 'After Dresden we lost another 700 bombers, and London was being hit by V2s which nobody could fight against.'
The Germans were hitting London with V2s when Dresden was being destroyed and Dresden was itself an important centre of optics manufacture.
I have also read of two important reasons for bombing Dresden
1. It served to warn the Russians what of the power of bomber command to help put the Russians off of driving the Allies into the channel (they were
vastly superior in numbers to the allies and were technically superior in terms of tanks and arguably aircraft).
2. It bomber command campaign against German cities served to teach the Germans the lesson that making a habit of invading other countries was not
entirely without consequence. In the space of 70 years Germany had invaded France three times. After the devastation of Germany in 1943-1945, the
Germans had little appetite to invade Western Europe a 4th time.
It should also be remembered that Bomber Harris was only carrying out British government policy. He did it well. Towards the end of WWII, Bomber
Command could mount 1,000 bomber raids against German cities, effectively destroying their ability to contribute to the German war effort for a
significant period of time.
edit on 11-2-2013 by ollncasino because: (no reason given)