A POW TO THE AMERICANS
In the U.S. Army prison camps of Germany and France at
the end of World War 11, almost four million German soldiers were held
prisoner outdoors, in unsheltered barbed wire enclosures, with little or no
food or water, for months on end. Of these captives at least 750,000 died of
malnutrition and disease. Most were soldiers of the Wehrmacht who had
surrendered to allied forces in May 1945, but scores of thousands were women,
children, and old men. Most of these deaths were listed simply as 'other
The Canadian journalist, author and researcher, James Bacque interviewed
hundreds of prisoners, guards and army officers' and has amassed extensive
evidence to reveal the shocking story of a massive crime.
The tragic events reported in his book
Other Losses are highly controversial and the author's accusations
were for a time suppressed in the United States.
The Independent on Sunday says, "This is a great and grim masterpiece of
investigative journalism, unmasking one of the most successful cover-ups in
modern history.' The Jersey Evening Post was equally damning. "This is not a
pleasant book and its revelations are so awful that many find them hard to
accept . . . the book tells the dreadful story of prisoners of war who had
outlived the war but did not outlive the peace."
Martin Brech who was a soldier in the U.S. Army and a prison guard for one
of America's death camps situated along the Rhine, says. "I saw thousands of
men crowded together, wet and cold, sleeping in the mud without shelter or
blankets, eating grass because we fed them so little, dying. It was made
clear that our deliberate policy was not to feed them adequately. They were
begging, getting sick, dying before us. Gas would have been more merciful
than our slow killing fields."
SO YOU STILL THINK IT WAS A WAR FOR DEMOCRACY?
"So far as Britain and Russia was concerned, how would it do for you to have
90% of Romania, for us to have say 90% of Greece, and go 50/50 about
Yugoslavia?" – Churchill addressing Stalin in Moscow 1944
MONTGOMERY THE PERSONALITY
General Bernard L. Montgomery, commander of the British Eighth Army was very
much a reflection of his 'desert fox' foe, Field Marshall Erwin Rommel. He
too was regarded as something of a maverick, a nonconformist who adopted his
own dress code and was famous for leadership panache. Parallels have also
been drawn between Montgomery and that other 'son of the desert', Lawrence
Like Lawrence, Montgomery had a keen nose for self-publicity of a
hero-worshipping kind. He was adept at making 'off the cuff remarks'
guaranteed to make the headlines back home. "Hit the enemy for six!" was a
favorite. Another was 'Kill the Germans, even padres – one per weekday and
two on Sundays."
Always uncomfortable with pomp and
pageantry he had a sense of walking with destiny. Whether that was on the
good or bad side is open to speculation.
To his credit he was instrumental in turning a Nelson's eye during the final
days, which allowed tens of thousands of fleeing German civilians to escape
Of the notorious Nuremberg pseudo trials he was scathing. "The Nuremberg
Trials have made the waging of an unsuccessful war a crime; the generals on
the defeated side were tried and then hanged." - Field Marshal Bernard L.
Montgomery June 9th 1948.
TRUE EVEN IF IT DOES HURT
The British historian and national newspaper editor, Sir Max Hastings, on
July 6, 2000 finally conceded that man for man, German servicemen performed
significantly better than their British, American, and Russian adversaries
in victory and defeat.
In the 1970s and 1980s, after a generation of historians got to distancing
themselves from allied propaganda, they concluded 'that Hitler's army was
indisputably the best in the war.'
In his masterful book, Raising Churchill's Army, David French says, 'The
German soldier was better trained, better armed, and enjoyed better tactical
communications than his foes, almost until the end. Max Hastings adds, 'The
movie parody of the German soldier was quite wrong.' (in which case Saving
Private Ryan must have caused this British historian some embarrassment).
"Hitler's troops,' he says 'were trained to think for themselves, to display
an initiative and speed of action on the battlefield which their British
counterparts seldom matched.'
SIZE OBVIOUSLY MATTERS
In terms of territory the Germans were up against three empires 116 more
powerful than they were. Their armed forces were numerically outnumbered by
over two to one.
CHURCHILL BELONGED TO WHAT PARTY?
Winston Churchill suffered from an ambiguous sexuality and so was his choice
of political allegiance. Upon his appointment as war leader of the coalition
government Winnie surrounded himself with people of dual nationality and
many Labour Party activists.
His wartime cabinet included no less than sixteen Labour Party members. The
Labour Party, which had spent decades denouncing World War One as 'a
senseless blunder of rival capitalisms' (correct) was now bawling for
another capitalist war. The voice of their most eloquent agitator was none
other than Harold Laski the prominent Labour Party mentor.
|"Forget 'fighting for freedom.' "If you're going
to try to go to war, or to prepare for war, in a capitalist country,
you have got to let business make money out of the process, or
business won't work." - Harry Stimson, the U.S. Secretary of War.
"What we see on our screens and read in our newspapers, if we look
carefully, turns out to be reports from correspondents outside the
battle zone and a series of experts giving their opinion as to what is
occurring." - Phillip Knightley
BIG BUCKS PER BANG
Between mid-1940 (The U.S. didn't enter the war until December) and late
1941 Congress appropriated an awesome $23 billion for the War Department.
That was more than the combined total the U.S. had spent on the entire First
World War budget.
The Second World War offered riches far beyond any mogul's dreams. Over half
of Britain's Tory Members of Parliament had shares in armaments factories
and stood to become mega-rich in the event of war.
The Comptroller General of the Unites States, Lindsay C. Warren testified
before the House of Representatives in 1943 and 1944. He revealed that 'more
than £50 billion of slush had already been skimmed off some war contracts,
and that extensive lobbying on the part of war production firms was going on,
conducted by officers after leaving the armed forces."
Congressmen were on a roll (or wad, whichever you prefer). They fell over
themselves getting war contracts and sub-contracts to constituent
entrepreneurs. In return they received lavish campaign contributions, votes
and other back-handers.
Many British and American firms became
international conglomerates as a direct result of war profiteering.
Nondescript politicians emerged from the war with fortunes made from
investments in the arms industry, paid for of course with the expendable
blood of each country's youth. Rather reminds one of the words of Rudyard
Kipling, who lost his beloved son in World War One.
could not dig:
I dared not rob,
Therefore I lied to please the mob.
Now all my lies are proved untrue
And I must face the men I slew.
What tale shall serve me here among Mine angry and defrauded young? The
return on war investments ranged as high as 50 percent and rarely if ever
fell below 20 percent. The U.S. Government spent $300 billion for war
material and services, and invested heavily in ammunition factories,
shipyards, aluminium mills, chemical plants (phosphorous for dropping on
German civilians) and other industrial facilities.
FRANCE ENJOYS ITS MOMENT OF GLORY
The Evening Standard's correspondent
Evelyn Irons was seconded to the French Army as the Allied forces finally
stood on Germany's borders. At this stage of the war the French nation other
than being a convenient launching pad and battlefield for British an U.S
forces was an irrelevance as a military contributor.
However French General Charles de Gaulle felt that French honour needed to
be satiated. Though at this stage fighting personnel in French uniform were
as rare as hens teeth he felt it necessary for 'the honour of France' to
have its troops cross the Rhine and pitch their tents on the land of the
Sadly such French troops as were available were woefully ill equipped. Even
worse, the allied commanders were unsympathetic towards French sensitivities.
Despite February 1945 being the most bitter of winters half of these French
troops were wearing old tennis shoes because there were insufficient boots
to go around.
This motley brigade were formed up and then with a band playing and the
French tri-colour fluttering in the frozen breeze the French general marched
them in their tennis shoes across a pontoon and finally on to German soil.
Evelyn Irons surmised that it was probably France's only great moment in the
course of this long war.
|"The people who make wars
and tell lies in the name of their sacred causes are never the sinners.
No, they are the virtuous, respected men, who have the finest feelings,
the best brains, the noblest ideals." - Aldous Huxley, Brave New
BLAME THE GERMANS
A monument that for decades blamed the Germans for a massacre of 1,600 Jews
in 1941 was actually carried out by Poles. It has now been removed from the
Polish town of Jedwabn. A new monument will now be placed placing the blame
where it should in lie.
The Russians have long conceded that Soviet forces carried out the murder of
14,500 thousand Polish army officers and they have apologised. The way the
evidence stacked up there was no point in further denial. However the
British Government is still blaming the Germans.