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Danny Jeffrey


Dresden After The Bombing
September 4, 2013
In several of my previous essays I have used the term 'Firestorm'. If you are not aware of the absolute horror of such an event you are about to learn, and along the way you will learn of why we, the victors of World War II, came away with such a feeling of guilt due to our killing those who had declared war on us. That guilt and a cultural conscience set the stage for our downfall via the control masters of the New World Order, forever promising an impossible peace, succeeding only in delaying an inevitable clash that will bring civilization to its knees and grant those masters a degree of control such as no king has ever known before.

Very briefly: Dresden was thought of largely as a cultural center and had long been spared the bombing that many other German cities had been subjected to. However, that 'cultural center' was also the center of railways and roads that became a major problem for our Soviet allies as they advanced into Germany. They, lacking the air superiority that we and Britain possessed, asked us to nullify the situation that they might proceed onward to Berlin with smaller losses. And that is why Dresden was bombed.

Now let us learn about a firestorm: Earlier in the war beginning July 8, 1943 we began the battle of Hamburg, code named Operation Gomorrah, (Note the significance of that name, belying the intent to enable utter destruction). Those bombing raids lasted for eight days and seven nights, with the U.S. doing the daylight raids and England dropping their bomb loads at night. 

Wave after wave of bombers approached with brief gaps in between the successive bombing runs. These brief lulls in the bombing allowed fire fighters and rescue personnel to emerge from the safety their shelters only to be trapped in the open by the next round of carnage.

A firestorm is a system complete unto itself as it is a fire of such intensity that it creates its own wind system that sucks in the oxygen that feeds it. Those winds can reach 150 mile per hour destroying wooden structures, blowing them and people into the growing flames. At one point Hamburg had a flaming tornado that reached over 1000 feet into the air with temperatures of 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. Asphalt streets burst into flame. People huddled in bomb shelters for safety died of suffocation due to the oxygen being pulled out of their lungs to feed the fire.

The memorial on the right was build against the backdrop of a small
remaining section of what was once a fine building. The inscription reads: "On the night of the 29th of July 1943, 370 persons perished in the air-raid shelter on the Hamburgerstrasse in a bombing raid. Remember these dead. Never again fascism. Never again war."

"Never again war." Words to live by...if you are foolish. 

WWI was said to be the war to end all wars and so when Hitler began beating the drums of war prior to WWII people hoped it would just go away. Evil does not go away and the longer that conflict was delayed the more powerful did Nazi Germany grow. Delaying an inevitable war only worsens the situation and increases the death toll, leading to memorials such as we see above.

That was Hamburg and we learned well how to create a firestorm. Things were going to be much worse in Dresden.

Post war discussions of the damage inflicted on Dresden became one of the moving indictments against war, as was Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The quest for peace empowered the United Nations and led to a premise of limited war and limited casualties. This attitude has a most unusual side effect: Wars never finished are wars without end.

The Allies crushed both Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, bringing them to their knees and then set about to rebuild both nations, quite successfully I might add. Therein lies a problem as we were so successful, and determined to avoid future wars at all costs, we set out to reverse the process, rebuilding nations before going to war. 'Winning hearts and minds' was the phrase. How successful has the endeavor been?

I shall waste no time on describing the battle plan nor the tonnage of bombs that were dropped. The link to such information is to be found below in Suggested Reading. Defining the sheer aspect of horror and its effect on our psyche and foreign policy are my goals.

It is not possible to describe! Explosion after explosion. It was beyond belief, worse than the blackest nightmare. So many people were horribly burnt and injured. It became more and more difficult to breathe. It was dark and all of us tried to leave this cellar with inconceivable panic. Dead and dying people were trampled upon, luggage was left or snatched up out of our hands by rescuers. The basket with our twins covered with wet cloths was snatched up out of my mother's hands and we were pushed upstairs by the people behind us. We saw the burning street, the falling ruins and the terrible firestorm. My mother covered us with wet blankets and coats she found in a water tub.
We saw terrible things: cremated adults shrunk to the size of small children, pieces of arms and legs, dead people, whole families burnt to death, burning people ran to and fro, burnt coaches filled with civilian refugees, dead rescuers and soldiers, many were calling and looking for their children and families, and fire everywhere, everywhere fire, and all the time the hot wind of the firestorm threw people back into the burning houses they were trying to escape from.
I cannot forget these terrible details. I can never forget them.
— Lothar Metzger, survivor

This is an image of a lady who died in an air raid shelter and that image reveals so much. Notice her hair. It was not burned. She died of oxygen deprivation. Note her face. It is totally dehydrated, perhaps in the process of turning to leather. Dresden suffered so much damage that it was months before some of the shelters were uncovered at which time this woman's photo was taken. She died in a sitting position. The O2 deprivation occurred so rapidly she had virtually no time to react or attempt an escape. This type of event is described in the next survivor's account.

To my left I suddenly see a woman. I can see her to this day and shall never forget it. She carries a bundle in her arms. It is a baby. She runs, she falls, and the child flies in an arc into the fire.
Suddenly, I saw people again, right in front of me. They scream and gesticulate with their hands, and then — to my utter horror and amazement — I see how one after the other they simply seem to let themselves drop to the ground. (Today I know that these unfortunate people were the victims of lack of oxygen). They fainted and then burnt to cinders.
Insane fear grips me and from then on I repeat one simple sentence to myself continuously: "I don't want to burn to death". I do not know how many people I fell over. I know only one thing: that I must not burn.
— Margaret Freyer, survivor

The dead from that bombing campaign continued to be unearthed for
years with the efforts of reconstruction. The best estimate of fatalities lies somewhere between 22,000 and 25,000. The image below is one of the gruesome scenes of the period after the fires were put out. This is part of a pile of bodies awaiting a mass cremation in one section of Dresden, how many such piles there were I do not know. 

There was no time for niceties. Stack them up, drench with kerosene, strike the match, and cry. Meanwhile Hitler was busy cremating six million Jews.

The Allies came under heavy criticism both during and after the war due to the high death toll of our bombing raids, but as they say 'payback is a bitch'. The German air force had ruthlessly bombed London and Coventry. The photo below is of Coventry in 1940.

The simple fact of the matter is as General Sherman so eloquently put it "War is hell." There is nothing good about war except the day it ends and the evil that started it has been vanquished. Today we cannot look toward the defeat of evil, as with Obama in the White House we now have a case of evil versus evil. There can be no happy outcome. Americans will be called upon to pay the price of their apathy and materialism.

World War One was described as the war to end all war. That proved to be an error, as World War Two was far worse. Now it appears that we are on the verge of World War Three, and we have become a timid, apologetic, and weak people, forever shying away from the sting of battle and the stench of war. 

The Second World War stripped us of our resolve to win. Since then we have engaged in numerous nation building exercises and limited wars, always preferring to negotiate, but those negotiations serve the purposes of our enemies as talk buys time for those we must one day confront on the field of battle, and we as a people have grown soft.

That a major war looms before us few have any doubt and for the first time since the Civil War we can expect havoc to reign across our nation. The bullets fired at our people and the bombs detonated resulting in death and dismemberment will be the end result of our policy of inviting our enemies to live among us. This trend was instituted by our own government leaders and promoted by those who teach in our churches and synagogues.

Gone are the days when we felt secure with protective oceans on either side, for now they are among us. Americans are in general a caring and giving people, feeling a sadness for others in need around the world. I recall in my childhood the movement of Care Packages to those less fortunate people in other nations. I cannot help but wonder if in our time of need, will other nations send Care Packages to us.

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