The fire was so terrible: and we were all So Innocent!

Every year at this time, for many more years than I care to recall, we are once again reminded about how nasty we were to the citizens of Dresden for bombing their city; which of course was naturally totally Anti-Nazi, peace-loving, and for a long time a source of attempts to end the War which, as everyone recalls, was actually started by the British and the French after they objected to legitimate peaceful movements of German civilians to reclaim territory stolen after the First World War. We are reminded that some 25,000 people died from the fire which raged over Dresden for three days, and all those dead were all peace-loving Germans who hated Hitler, didn’t like the Nazis, and wished the War was over.We are reminded, once again, how nasty and cruel we were to those innocent Dresden civilians, and we should all be apologising, continously, for a very, very long time!


Just before we all fall on our swords, or knees, or both, I would also like to remind readers of what that same Nation, within whose borders Dresden still sits, and the Nazi Luftwaffe which was after all ‘only following orders’ achieved all those years ago, whilst trying to reason with the British that the German Nazis were right, and that we were totally wrong!


Like in London


or indeed in Liverpool!

And I would too have us remember these boys, who helped stir those flames which were so well deserved, and helped bring us all to Victory!



So I would add my own voice to the calls that this mealy-mouthed Government acts, before the last two heroes die, and awards the Medal which the whole of Bomber Command so richly deserved!

13 comments for “The fire was so terrible: and we were all So Innocent!

  1. john in cheshire
    March 1, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    I fully agree with you, Mike.

  2. March 1, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    I can still remember all those nights in air raid shelters and coming out to see the wreckage and the corpses on the pavements. Whatever hindsight might tell us in the 1940’s we were bombing to finish the war as soon as possible and to assist our ground forces in their advance. This I think was pretty much understood by all of us young and old.

  3. wiggia
    March 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    There was a repeat of an old program fronted by David Dimbleby , in which he asked a “selected ” audience if war crimes could be brought against those who flew and ordered the Dresden bombings and others like Hamburg.

    There were then people who beleived that charges should be made and these same mind sets still believe that is the case, quite extraordinary that the reasoning should not be applied the Germans who bombed London and elsewhere, it’s called war, none of it is pretty and the fact that in one sphere we turned out to be better at it than the enemy should be applauded not decried, just to add we never got any reparitions either for a war they started leaving us with huge debts whilst they got the Marshall plan and sheds of money to rebuild, funny old world.

    • Tammly
      March 1, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      Must point out to you that Britain received Marshal aid too – in fact more than Germany did. We, however, put ours to different uses.

      • wiggia
        March 2, 2016 at 8:10 am

        You are quite correct, but it must be remembered that at the end of the war it was said that Germany must pay for what it had done, but was in no position to pay having been (thankfully) brought to its knees.
        Hence money was used to rebuild the country, having been rebuilt did they pay, certainly not us.

  4. Scrobs...
    March 1, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Coventry didn’t particularly enjoy those days either.

  5. The Jannie
    March 1, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    “You don’t win by dying for your country; you win by getting some other poor bastard to do it.” George Patton, I believe.

  6. Bunny
    March 1, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    The people who claim that Dresden was a war crime do not acknowledge that the Germans flattened large parts of Eastern Europe in bombing campaigns, even before the siege large parts of Stalingrad had been decimated by bombing. In the West the bombing of Rotterdam was used to make the Dutch surrender.

    Dresden was a transport hub and had a reserve army being mobilised there.

    Do they claim Dresden was a war crime to signal their own virtue or show their own ignorance?

  7. March 1, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Only hippies in their self-mythology would rain down bluebells and snowdrops on their enemies. Even God used fire and brimstone. He just might again, too.

  8. Hereward Unbowed.
    March 2, 2016 at 7:44 am

    The Cultural Marxists would rewrite history and Germany “they are our friends”.

    We shun our real allies while we bend over to please our enemies.

    The dance in Normandy supposedly commemorating the 6th June gradually is choreographed and history traduced, forgotten, Merkel is courted by the EU groupies as a fellow……. and as our greatest ally in Europe is brushed out, away from the centre picture, Russia.

    We can’t really know what was going on in the time of the Dresden bombings, suffice to say that if our leaders deemed it, then that was, should be now – good enough reason. It was total war, it was an existential conflict.

    Now, it has become a woman’s world. Where women have an endless propensity to be able to see all sides of an argument and never make a decision thus accommodating all factions and all positions.

    This is why, we accede to cuddly Islam.

  9. Lynne at Counting Cats
    March 2, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    I wonder how many of these porridge-for-brains nitwits have ever been on the receiving end of a Luftwaffe bomb? Or how many of them spent hell knows how many nights cowering in a damp and flimsy shelter as enemy planes flew overhead to bomb factories and vital infrastructure nearby. Or ever had an incendiary bomb through the roof in the middle of winter. My mother, who was a child during the war, knows from first hand experience.

    Can we arrange it so theses egotistical, know nowt cretins completely understand what our parents and grandparents were forced to put up with?

  10. March 2, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    This is but a page from a file I built for my grandson’s ww2 school day:-

    My earliest memories of my life were of a time when the whole of Great Britain was being randomly bombed by German aircraft. Town after town, city after city; were attacked in what was known as ‘The Blitz’. Buildings, houses, whole streets were flattened by German bombers, as in those days there was absolutely no defence against air raids.

    So my Dad built an indoor Andersen Shelter in our front room in the house in Warrington Road; moved a mattress in, along with sheets and blankets; and that was where we slept, my mother, my two elder brothers and myself, sometimes along with my grandma, for over two years; every night.

  11. March 4, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Wouldn’t expect anything more from them.

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