SLAUGHTER HOUSE TRAINING CAMPS
As the war progressed Churchill and his war cabinet became increasingly
furious at German successes. In order to 'toughen them up' British soldiers
were ordered from 'the highest quarters' to visit slaughterhouses to witness
the dreadful end of terrified animals of all kinds.
There they watched cruelties to the accompaniment of hectoring shouts from
brutalised sergeants who exhorted them to make 'the Huns suffer the same
fate'. Moreover, as each squad left the scenes of slaughter they were drenched
in buckets of blood to prepare them for future battles.
When news of these slaughterhouse visits filtered through there were protests
by some Members of Parliament and these practices were stopped.
BRITISH WAR CRIMES SUPPRESSED
The distinguished American historian and legal rights expert, Dr. Alfred
deZayas, made allegations of British war crimes in his book 'The German
Wehrmacht War Crimes Bureau 1939 – 1945'. This was published by the University
of Nebraska Press.
Dr. deZayas in a lecture given to All Souls College, Oxford, claimed that
British violations of Geneva and other conventions included the sinking of a
German hospital ship in Scandinavia, and the shooting of shipwrecked German
sailors. Sadly, the claims and evidence were ignored and suppressed by the
Kraut-bashing British media.
The doctor' findings were based on interviews with German survivors and
military judges, and were supported by a study of 226 volumes of documents
drawn up by the German War Crimes Bureau, which was set up in 1939 to monitor
Allied violations of international law.
These files covering some 4,000 cases were seized by American troops in 1945
and promptly taken to the USA where, until the early 1970s they were treated
as classified material. Was Dr Alfred deZayas then a neo-Nazi apologist?
Hardly as he is Jewish.
BLOODY ARNHEM OR BLEEDIN' ARNHEM?
Competing with each other for 'first over the Rhine brownie points' 'Operation
Market Garden' was Field Marshall Bernard L. Montgomery's overly ambitious
plan to pierce the Ruhr from which the French had been ejected twenty years
When troops of the First British Airborne dropped on Arnhem to seize the
bridge crossing, the British media hailed the operation as 'a stunning success'.
In fact it was yet another monumental blunder dressed up as victory though the
full extent of the disaster wasn't open to inspection for another thirty years
when Cornelius Ryan's book A Bridge Too Far caused a re-think.
At the time the BBC announced the operation as 'an incredible achievement,
certainly one of the outstanding operations of the war.' When the British
forces were forced into ignominious retreat the BBC quickly changed its tune
to, 'a valuable stand by a depleted, gallant, and undaunted force.'
This in fact was nearer the truth but it did miss the point. The operation was
foolhardy to the extreme and should never have even been considered.
Correspondent Cyril Ray, who took part in the drop on Nijmegen complained
bitterly. "We tart up our reverses so heroically that it takes an effort to
grasp that Arnhem was not merely a British defeat, it was a German victory."
He was even less happy to discover that the British officer in charge of
censorship stuffed the correspondent's dispatch into his battle dress blouse
and produced them several days later. "Terribly sorry, you chaps, but I quite
overlooked them." American readers were also kept in the dark. There wasn't a
single American correspondent at the crucial battle of Arnhem.
One thing which has been assiduously ignored by practically all writers about
this disaster is the following. The British troops (who fought with an
uncommon tenacity and bravery) experienced such heavy casualties that they
were unable to take care of their wounded.
A British officer decided to approach the German SS troops under a white flag
to ask for assistance! The SS, honourable as always, stopped shooting,
received the British delegation and agreed to a cease fire during which the
British wounded were transported to German field hospitals to be taken care of.
This was done and the British were cared for with the same care as accorded to
the German wounded.
Disgracefully, not a single English soldier thus saved and humanely treated
has ever expressed his thanks, If they ever did none of their remarks have
ever been published. This act of kindness and fairness by the SS has got be
the first in history and to ignore it shows the depth of dishonesty by the