Without a doubt Sir Arthur 'Bomber' Harris was inhumanly
evil. Only in a deck of cards of the most wanted war criminals could he be
described as an ace. This man reeked of satanic intent as he concentrated the
RAF's awesome bombing power on civilian targets, whilst those services that
needed RAF protection suffered. Yet thus was he described by one of his
personal assistants on first meeting him:
"A large man, rather pale with a complexion that obviously avoids the sun,
with a ginger moustache and hair of a blondish rather than a ginger colour. He
had a reputation for being a no-nonsense man, and I could see why. At the same
time, he gave off a sort of inner warmth – he was gruff and rather frightening
but, underneath human and considerate."
Such is the description of a monster who hurled flames, even phosphorous
across great European cities, towns, and even villages, bringing the most
appalling deaths to hundreds of thousands of civilians. As a touch of irony,
in addition to the 55,000 RAF personnel who paid for their crimes without the
necessity of going before war crimes trials, Harris's own brother, an aircrew
member, died horribly.
RAF KAMIKAZE AIRCREWS WHO SERVED BOMBER COMMAND
Bomber Harris would say to assembled aircrews: "I want you to look at the man
on either side of you. In six months time only one in three will be left." He
would then add that the reward for the survivors would be promotion in the
"…. But I you are the lucky one I promise you this: you will be two ranks
Incredibly, instead of looking ashen these kamikaze flying Myra Hindleys
cheered and beat their table tops! So 55,000 didn't get promoted! There can be
little sympathy, and certainly no campaign medal for airborne mass murderers,
some of whom actually volunteered to do 'a few more for the butcher.'
ATROCITIES AT SEA
The British Royal Navy undoubtedly had its moments of glory but a number of
atrocities brought shame on 'the senior service.' One of the most notorious
followed the sinking of the Greek cacique by the British submarine, HMS
Torquay. A number of the Germans servicemen aboard found themselves in the sea,
and whilst trying to swim away were machine-gunned on the orders of the
Torquay's commanding officer.
Official reports never mentioned that they were slaughtered in cold blood;
only that 'they perished.' But Royal Navy sources claim that Commander Meir's
logbook of that patrol admits that the crew did machinegun survivors.
This incident is believed to have caused near mutiny among the Torquay's crew,
with the submarine's first officer and a soldier aboard refusing to shoot the
Germans who were members of an Alpine Regiment stationed on the Greek island.
38-year old Commander Anthony Miers, undoubtedly a war criminal as a
consequence of this dreadful act, was later awarded the Victoria Cross in 'recognition
of his services.' He died in July 1985 at the age of 78.
If there was any good at all that came from this infamy it was the outrage
expressed by Captain Stephen Roskill, the Royal Navy's official war historian
who spoke of the machine-gunning of prisoners in the Mediterranean off Crete
There was a similar incident in April 1940 which followed the sinking of the
German destroyer Erich Giese in Norway. A number of German survivors were shot
out of hand.
Interviews with German survivors, including the captain of the destroyer,
Commander Karl Schmidt, and inspection of British and German logbooks relating
to the incident, reveal that an unspecified number of Germans were killed
instead of being made prisoners of war.
Even today Britons are of the opinion that their country suffered enormously
in the blitz. Yet as late in the war as September 1941, the Economist conceded
'that only 2% of British real estate had been destroyed by German bombing, and
that only a tiny fraction of that amount consisted of industrial sites.
Included a note which commented on the furious pace at speculators were buying
the bombed sites 'for a song'. This created such a scandal that the Government
established a requirement that such premises when taken for the purposes of
reconstruction, was to be paid for at the rates prevailing in March 1939.
Though there were no air raids on England in August 1941, the Royal Air Force
was conducting hundred-plane raids on 'scores' of German cities during that
same month (articles 'Teeth for Two', p19 and 'Rebuilding England,' p61 Time
magazine September 15 1941.
Churchill was often booed by angry crowds when visiting bombed areas of
London. On one occasion, standing on a mound of rubble, he cried out "We can
A cockney lady shouted back at him, with the applause of the crowd gathered
around her, "Yes, but it is us who are taking it, not yourself."
Churchill and his henchmen beat a hasty and embarrassed retreat.
(GERMAN) WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST
While Malta and British armed forces, especially the Royal Navy fought a
losing battle against the Axis the British Eighth Army endured one retreat
after another. These pivotal forces were desperate for support. Yet Britain's
factory and war effort was being concentrated on the genocidal bombing of
Germany's civilian population.
As early as June 1942, when Britain was militarily at bay on all fronts, the
RAF's 1,000- bomber raids were on a turkey shoot obliterating largely
undefended German cities that were relatively unimportant in terms of war
By the end of the war for every ton of bombs dropped on Britain by the Germans
Anglo-American bombs had dropped 315 tons on German cities.
THE ORIGIN OF TERROR BOMBING (CIVILIANS AS TARGETS)
Terror bombing is a phrase that was introduced into the vocabulary of warfare
by Air Marshal Sir Arthur Harris, a terminological innovation for which the
chief of Bombing Command in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War is
Not one to rest content with verbal creativity, Harris endowed the concept
with body and substance through a series of destructive incendiary air raids
on civilian populations in Germany, culminating in the destruction of Dresden.
It was an example that the US emulated with great success in Japan at
Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Harris had learnt his craft on the training grounds of Britain's colonial
possessions. As a young squadron leader in the RAF he provided a memorable
description of an air campaign in Iraq in 1924.