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Do not blame Churchill and Harris for what your Fuhrer made you suffer as you say he started it. Because Hitler invaded Poland, I was machine gunned in my garden by a german fighter bomber, the school I went to was bombed at lunch time on Wednesday, 20 January 1943 killing 38 children and six teachers and wounding 60 others. Children in plain site in the playground. My grandmother was bombed out twice. We put up with V1s and V2s, totally random attacks against civilians, with no military value except as terror weapons.

“On the 14th November 1941, 515 german bombers attacked Coventry. After the pathfinders, the first wave of bombers dropped high explosive bombs, knocking out the utilities (the water supply, electricity network, telephones and gas mains) and cratering the roads, making it difficult for the fire engines to reach fires started by the later waves of bombers. These later waves dropped a combination of high explosive and incendiary bombs. There were two types of incendiary bomb: those made of magnesium and those made of petroleum. year 6 electricity worksheets The high explosive bombs and the larger air-mines were not only designed to hamper the Coventry fire brigade, they were also intended to damage roofs, making it easier for the incendiary bombs to fall into buildings and ignite them. At around 20:00, Coventry Cathedral, was set on fire by incendiaries. The volunteer fire-fighters managed to put out the first fire but other direct hits followed and soon new fires broke out in the cathedral; accelerated by a firestorm, the flames quickly spread out of control. e gaskell During the same period, more than 200 other fires were started across the city, most of which were concentrated in the city-centre area, setting the area ablaze and overwhelming the fire-fighters. The telephone network was crippled, hampering the fire service’s command and control and making it difficult to send fire-fighters to the most dangerous blazes first; and as the Germans had intended, the water mains were damaged by high explosives, meaning there was not enough water available to tackle many of the fires.” (Wikipedia)

The raid reached such a new and severe level of destruction that Joseph Goebbels later used the term coventriert (“coventrated”) when describing similar levels of destruction of other enemy towns. During the raid, the Germans dropped about 500 tonnes of high explosives, including 50 parachute air-mines, of which 20 were incendiary petroleum mines, and 36,000 incendiary bombs. The raid of 14 November combined several innovations which influenced all future strategic bomber raids during the war.These were:

The Blitz 1940- 1941 – By mid-November 1940, more than 12,000 tons of high explosive and nearly 1,000,000 incendiaries had fallen on London. In September 1940 alone, the German air force – dropped 5,300 tonnes of high explosives on London in just 24 nights. In September and October alone more than 13,000 civilians had been killed, and almost 20,000 injured. Around 32,000 people were killed in the Blitz and over 87,000 injured In German efforts to ‘soften up’ the British population and to destroy morale before the planned invasion, German planes extended their targets to include the major coastal ports and centres of production and supply. The Germans Destroyed 2 million homes in the Blitz.

This was total war against a determined and fanatic enemy whose attempt to destroy the populations of major British cities and towns, knew no bounds. When you are attacked the only way is to fight back. Just think how we felt when the first 1000 bomber raid was announced – at last we are hitting back after years of taking it (being constantly bombed).

When you talk about destruction I suggest you consider the bombing of Guernica in the Spanish Civil war where the German Condor Legion bombed unprotected innocent civilians to destruction. I also suggest you consider the people of Warsaw where the German bombers destroyed around 84% of the city in 1944, and the massive destruction waged against Stalingrad and other Russian cities. electricity production in china Try a picture of Wielun in Poland the first Polish City destroyed by the Luftwaffe, also Rotterdam, Belgrade and any number of other cities.

Thanks to Germans we had to live in shelters at night, we had to exist on very limited rations, in March 1940 the weekly ration per person – butter 50 grams, tea 50 grams, 1 egg, sugar – 8 ounces, cooking fat 2 ounces, meat 3/4 pound, milk 1200 ml, bacon 100 grams. Not only did they try to bomb us into submission but they tried to starve us out with submarine warfare. We all grew up far too soon. So while it was not Ralph’s doing or my doing, we both suffered, however do not blame the British War leaders they did what they thought they had to at the time and in response to unprecedented, long term, continuous attacks on the UK. James Hall September 10, 2017 at 9:49 pm

Replying to both the massive murder that was the aerial war in WWII (after all probably 380 young pilots died in this venture along with their targeted civilians and the attempt by some to rationalize it as kind of “payback” – it still remains a definable War Crime and Crime Against Humanity! It is just as sickening to accept the German soldiers part in the murder of many, many civilians, especially in the East as it is to justify deliberate attempts to cause the civilians to turn against their government, whether German or English. It never worked. Some of us refuse to learn from history and we should read the 1947 Aerial Bombing Survey, and Albert Speer’s accounts of how quickly it turned out to be to rebuild most factories. He also maintained that had the Bomb mad dogs of England and the US continued to blast the ball bearing factories after successfully bombing them in 42, the war would have been over at least a year earlier. As “Bomber Harris”, Churchill, and Roosevelt would say “sad”. Martin smith October 26, 2016 at 8:29 pm

My father, Friedrich Schmidt, was born in Dusseldorf in 1933; a six year old boy when the murderous “Bomber” Harris concocted the monstrous strategy of “blanket” bombing of civilians. This with the enthusiastic backing of the equally neferious rogue, Churchill. But even the infamous so called 1000 bomber raids failed to kill the young Friedrich, and hence, me. Though these terror raids were hidden under the euphemism of “military and industrial targets”, their true purpose, it turns out, was to burn the men, women and children of German cities to death in the apocalyptic rainstorm of incendiary devices ( phosphor bombs ). Like Anita MacCutcheon, the boy who would ‘bleib uber” and become my father also lived on the 6th floor of an inner city apartment block. gsa 2016 calendar What little parts remained are now called “Der Altstadt”. Though the buildings to the left and right burnt out, my grandparents apartment remained intact, as the young Friedrich and his older brother Rolf, would stay in the apartment with buckets of sand to smother any incendiaries which might land on their place and punch through the roof. These two boys would wrap themselves in thick, wet down woolens, and throw out any devices which had failed to burst. Most of the younger chidren were eventually billetted out to live and work on farms, so they might have a chance to survive. electricity voltage in norway My uncle, Rolf, being that couple of years older, was unfortunately, drafted into the Wehrmacht and marched off to war.He was captured , spending the last months of the war as a POW, courtesy of the British. This left Rolf with severe PTSD for the rest of his life. Although it was’nt known as such ’till many years later. I was born and grew up in Adelaide, Australia, where my future father jumped ship at the age of 18 whilst in Oz on a 2 year bricklaying contract. An obvious trade for a young man in Dusseldorf at the end of it all; given the vast piles of bricks that had once been a city. “Fritz” met my future mother, Irene, in Adelaide; also a young war refugee from Europe.( boat person ) Eventually, I came along, grew up all too soon, and I too, became a bricklayer. I blame Churchill and Harris for that, too. Now I’m in my late fifties. Friedrich has been dead six years. But whenever my chronic back pain ( from too many years on building sites ) gets too much, I blame Hitler. After all, he started it, didn’t he? Luke Thompson April 29, 2015 at 12:44 am