Between 1940 and 1945, sixty-one German cities were devastated in a bombing campaign initiated by Churchill’s British government. Destruction on this unprecedented scale had no other purpose than the indiscriminate mass murder of as many German people as possible, regardless of their civilian status.
‘’It may be Inconvenient History but England rather than Germany initiated the murderous slaughter of bombing civilians, thus bringing about retaliation. Chamberlain conceded that it was ”absolutely contrary to International law.” It began in 1940 and Churchill believed it held the secret of victory. He was convinced that raids of sufficient intensity could destroy Germany’s morale, and so his War Cabinet planned a campaign that abandoned the accepted practice of attacking the enemy’s armed forces. and instead made civilians the primary target. Night after night, RAF bombers in ever increasing numbers struck throughout Germany, usually at working-class areas as they were more densely packed ” – Angus Calder ‘The Peoples’ War’ (my italics)
”Hitler only undertook the bombing of British civilian targets reluctantly three months after the RAF had commenced bombing German civilian targets. Hitler would have been willing at any time to stop the slaughter. Hitler was genuinely anxious to reach with Britain an agreement confining the action of aircraft to battle zones” ~ J.M. Spaight, CB, CBE, Principal Secretary to the UK Air Ministry.
Dresden, Teilansicht des zerstörten Stadtzentrums über die Elbe nach der Neustadt. In der Bildmitte der Neumarkt und die Ruine der Frauenkirche.
DRESDEN : In four raids between 13 and 15 February 1945, 722 heavy bombers of the British Royal Air Force (RAF) dropped more than 3,000 tons of high-explosive bombs and incendiary devices on the city. The bombing and the resulting firestorm destroyed the city centre.
Dresden was a cultural landmark of little or no military significance.
More than 23,000 civilians were killed.
Not his finest hour: The dark side of Winston Churchill
George W Bush kept a bust of Winston Churchill near his desk in the White House, in a crude attempt to associate himself with the war leader’s perceived ‘stand for freedom’.
However, Barack Obama had it returned to Britain, the reason being that Churchill’s government had imprisoned Obama’s Kenyan grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, without trial for two years and tortured him.
When the Kenyans rebelled against British imperialism under Churchill’s post-war premiership, more than 150,000 of them were forced at gunpoint into detention camps – later dubbed “Britain’s gulag” by Pulitzer-prize winning historian Professor Caroline Elkins, in her book ‘Britain’s Gulag : The Brutal End of Empire in Kenya.” She explains the tactics adopted under Churchill to crush the local drive for independence. “Electric shock was widely used, as well as cigarettes and fire,” she writes. “The screening teams whipped, shot, burned, and mutilated Mau Mau suspects.”
Hussein Onyango Obama never fully recovered from the torture he endured.
As Colonial Secretary in the 1920s, Churchill had unleashed the vicious Black and Tan thugs on Ireland’s Catholic civilians, and when the Kurds rebelled against British rule, he said: “I am strongly in favour of using poison gas against uncivilised tribes. It would spread a lively terror.”
When Mahatma Gandhi launched his campaign of peaceful resistance in India, Churchill said that he “ought to be lain bound hand and foot at the gates of Delhi, and then trampled on by an enormous elephant with the new Viceroy seated on its back.” As the resistance gathered momentum, he announced: “I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion.” This hatred was murderous. To give just one, major, example, in 1943 a famine broke out in Bengal, caused – as the Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen has proved – by the imperial policies of the British. Up to three million people starved to death. When British officials begged Churchill to direct food supplies to the region, he bluntly refused, raging that it was their own fault for “breeding like rabbits”.