Dresden

If you were 'bomber Harris, would you do it all again?

  • No

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • CBA'd (Can't be arrsed)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Give me a fleet of lancasters now

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • I don't really know, the Germans are now our allies etc

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
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#1
If you were 'bomber Harris' would you do it all again?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tyne/3971261.stm
Orchestra plays for bombed church

Protesters opposed the Queen's visit to Dresden in 1992.
An orchestra based in the north-east of England will donate concert proceeds to help rebuild a German Cathedral.
Dresden Cathedral, or the Frauenkirche, was devastated by Allied bombing during World War II - a raid which killed 50,000 people in the city.

Gateshead-based Northern Sinfonia are performing the concert in Berlin on Wednesday evening.

The donation was suggested by the Queen, who is in Germany to promote post-war reconciliation.

The Berlin concert, which will be attended by 2,000 people, is one of the biggest events ever hosted by the Queen abroad.

In a further bid to heal old wounds, she will lay wreaths to the memory of those who died on both sides of the conflict.

British Embassy officials recently dismissed press reports that some Germans are demanding the Queen should apologise for the Dresden bombing as a "non-story".

During her last state visit to Germany in 1992, two eggs were thrown at her car when she was in Dresden for a church service of reconciliation.

It is understood that the Palace has received no request calling for a Royal apology.
 
#2
don't see the tw@ts apologising for the East End, or Coventry, V1s, V2s or anywhere else! Buggers started it so they can live with it!
 
#3
yeah I would

This sounds childish and simplistic but it wasnt us that started the whole thing. I could be wrong on this but I think the Russian death toll was around 14million. Compared to that 50000 dosent seem quite so shocking
 
#4
The 50,000 were just on that night. On another night over 150,000 people were killed in the fire storm. A point worth bringing to the attention to septics who keep crying about 54,000 lost in "Nam" over 10 years!
The loss of 50.000 allied troops in one morning during WW1 was considered a good days work.
 
#5
Any Germans desiring an apology from Her Majesty should review the Bundesarchiv film of Propaganda Minister Goebbels addressing a crowd wherein he asks them if they want "totalische krieg" or Total War. They replied with an enthusiastic "Ja!". So they got Total War, just not in the way they were hoping.

As well, if memory serves, the Luftwaffe bombed London before the RAF bombed German cities. As well, the Luftwaffe was used to bomb civilian targets in Poland in 1939. They set the rules, "Bomber" Harris and Bomber Command played by them.
 
#6
didnt have smart bombs then so had to do the whole city whats left of the raf could possibly carpet bomb my brothers allotment which would at least do the weeds :) .got no sympathy for the idea of apolgising for bombing the crap out of nazi germany at least we didnt use anthrax
on them .
 
#7
And of course let's not forget Guernica , or Belgrade 1941.
 
#8
I voted 'no' because I think that, on balance, the strategic bomber offensive was a failure and the resources would have been far better applied to surface campaigns. There should have been more and better ships and ground equipments of all kinds; and in the air, more maritime patrol and attack aircraft, more transports and more tactical support aircraft. A truncated heavy bomber force should have been used exclusively against truly strategic targets such as submarine pens and railway junctions.

I have no doubt that Dresden was a legitimate target, though.
 
#9
Didn't bomb 'em half hard enough or they'd still be scared to slabber about apologies.

Message to our Germanic Allies "You started it and you got your asses justly kicked, deal with it"

And to those wishing for an apology "And the horse you rode in on!"
 
#10
come_to_arrest_the_zulus said:
yeah I would

This sounds childish and simplistic but it wasnt us that started the whole thing. I could be wrong on this but I think the Russian death toll was around 14million. Compared to that 50000 dosent seem quite so shocking
Yes and the Dresden raids were carried out to support the Russian offensive. You would not guess that from the years of postwar propaganda from the DDR and USSR.

The loss of life and the destruction remain a tragedy, but not a war crime.
 
#12
Too right, (twice), V1, V2, and V3 must not ring any bells within the German government, in fact, their countries involvement in WW2 must not ring any bells also, just seems anything that comes out from them about ww2 is the injustice they suffered. Doubt the vengence weapons were aimed at military installations? Hitler went on his power trip and let bombs fly any which way but loose, just right we got our own back. Plus, it could have been alot worse, since the city was partially abandoned of its usual couple of hundred thousand to less than that because of advancing Russians. Also think teh Queen shouldn't have to apologise, doubt she was the lead flyer in the bomber group.
 
#14
50,000... how long would that take Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen, Sobibor etc to match?
 
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#15
Bravo_Bravo said:
50,000... how long would that take Buchenwald, Sachsenhausen, Sobibor etc to match?
Quite, the good bughers of Dresden must have known about the cattle trucks that trundled eastwards through the marshalling yards and the contents of thereof.

As already mentioned, V weapons were slaming into British towns right up to March 1945
 
#17
OK who are the boxheads that voted no ?
 

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