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Archbishop apologises for Dresden bombings

Old 17th Feb 2015, 23:51
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My late friend George(worked for Boulton-Paul in Wolverhampton)His words as I remember them"I volunteered to drive to Coventry to pick up parts we needed,we arrived just as the raid started and were almost at our destination after taking cover,the street had a river of melted margarine and fat carrying dead bodies with it .I will never forget that night.
Another friend was in the WRENS in Plymouth"we were in the shelters during the raid and some bombs dropped very close.After, I tried to get home but the city centre was just a pile of smoking rubble.
Tell them Dresden was not justified.
Oh yes and the Luftwaffe strafed the main street of the small port I was brought up in.Now why would they do that?
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Old 18th Feb 2015, 08:54
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Just who should be getting the flak ?

Having taken the trouble to read the archbishop's speech I can't see and apology for the bombing, as some of you may know from previous posts of mine on this subject I am very supportive of the bomber offensive during WW2 and even more supportive of the men of Bomber Command who at huge cost carried out the offensive.

These men and others spent five years of their lives fighting a war they did not want or choose with the memory of WW1 fresh in their minds for the ideals of freedom and democracy.

Part of this freedom was the right to free speech that the so called newspaper used to misquote the archbishop to cause offence and outrage just to sell a few newspapers.

All right thinking people should not be getting irate at a man who points out the folly of war, they should be attacking those who abuse the right to free speach that cost the men of Bomber Command so much.

I would suggest the place to start would be never again buy that disgusting rag The Daily Mail.
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Old 18th Feb 2015, 12:03
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For newcomers, he didn't apologise.

His full speech is here (courtesy of Chugalug 2, post #83)
Archbishop's speech on 70th anniversary of Dresden bombing

His own response to the Daily Mail article (courtesy of Mal Drop, post #15)
Reflections On Dresden Blog
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Old 18th Feb 2015, 12:32
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I suggest that this thread could now be closed. The texts of the speeches by the President of Germany and the Archbishop say all that needs be said


Archbishop's speech on 70th anniversary of Dresden bombing
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Old 19th Feb 2015, 07:43
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Judging by your response to "nimbev's" not unreasonable suggestion, I wonder if you are able to understand most of what anybody else is writing.

I would be all for a wider debate about the morals of war but I don't think that it should appear under the erroneous heading about the Archbishop's so called apology.
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Old 19th Feb 2015, 20:12
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Looks like the PM is on the side of the Bomber Crews. Good to see.

David Cameron defends Second World War RAF 'heroes' of Dresden raid - Telegraph
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Old 21st Feb 2015, 15:13
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Hardly surprising given the PM's pedigree - Milliband would be the same.
I don't think it was Stalin that Churchill was trying to impress with this "spectacular" given that the first bombs fell on Shrove Tuesday, the 604th anniversary of the burning at the stake of a certain minority group in Dresden.
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