VIDEO: The True Atrocity of the Fire Bombing of the German City of Dresden

The following is an older German documentary, probably from the 1990s, about the Dresden Firebombing which was translated into English. It is 1:15 in length. The first 25 minutes details the history of the city with pre-1945 film footage. It also includes quite a few eyewitness statements from survivors, as well as, a speech by Historian David Irving (speaking German, translated into English) about this heinous and deliberate British War Crime.

David Irving called out the War Criminal Churchill, pointing to his policy of deliberately targeted civilians, quoting from Churchill’s own document archives, asking Bomber Command…

Churchill - Roast the Germans

“What can we do to roast the Germans?”

Irving also stated that bomber crews were later interviewed and asked about what they had been told about the mission. They said “they were made aware of the refugees but were told that Dresden was and arsenal; a city of munitions factories,  railway lines, armament factories, and that the Party Headquarters had been moved to Dresden”. Irving called that “utter nonsense!” He then quoted from a military directive from the British archives sent via Telex to all airfields giving instruction to the crews “the aim is to hit the enemy where it will hurt most” and also “to warn the Russians” by example of British bomber capabilities. Bomber Harris carried out the order.

Later Irving answered the question “who started the aerial warfare campaign?” He said, ‘it is proven beyond doubt that Churchill unleashed the aerial warfare on German cities in the Summer of 1940. Churchill had just become Prime Minister and at that time, the desire for peace was becoming vocal. There were even rallies in the street in front of the PM’s residence as people could no longer see any sense in the war. Poland no longer existed,  France had been conquered and the Germans had already offered peace conditions which were quite acceptable. But these offers of peace were never published!”

Irving then went into detail about Churchill’s deliberate policy of bombing Berlin repeatedly to elicit an German response, and thereby, draw the ire of the British people, to incite them to all out war. In the film, Bomber Harris is also quoted as always having targeted the civilians. “All else was a bonus!”

Finally, David Irving stated:

“Dresden ruined my life! It showed me that you cannot even trust your own government, when the government is responsible for recording its own history. You have to search further yourself. You have to find out for yourself. You have to not believe, but go on searching. And this continuous searching is what helped me to find out the truth!

Amen! And not only regarding Dresden, but indeed the ENTIRE history which you have been sold regarding Hitler, National Socialism and World War II, from start to finish! Then keep going, right to the present day, because it affects all, here and now. Wake up!

Dresden - pre-war postcard

Greetings from Dresden – A Pre-War Postcard

The WWII Dresden Holocaust – ‘A Single Column Of Flame’,, 2.6.2002 – Author Unknown

“You guys burnt the place down, turned it into a single column of flame. More people died there in the firestorm, in that one big flame, than died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined.” –Kurt Vonnegut, Jr

On the evening of February 13, 1945, an orgy of genocide and barbarism began against a defenseless German city, one of the greatest cultural centers of northern Europe. Within less than 14 hours not only was it reduced to flaming ruins, but an estimated one-third of its inhabitants, possibly as many as a half a million, had perished in what was the worst single event massacre of all time.

Toward the end of World War II, as Allied planes rained death and destruction over Germany, the old Saxon city of Dresden lay like an island of tranquility amid desolation. Famous as a cultural center and possessing no military value, Dresden had been spared the terror that descended from the skies over the rest of the country.

In fact, little had been done to provide the ancient city of artists and craftsmen with anti-aircraft defenses. One squadron of planes had been stationed in Dresden for awhile, but the Luftwaffe decided to move the aircraft to another area where they would be of use. A gentlemen’s agreement seemed to prevail, designating Dresden an “open city.”

February 13/14 1945: Holocaust over Dresden, known as the Florence of the North. Dresden was a hospital city for wounded soldiers. Not one military unit, not one anti-aircraft battery was deployed in the city. Together with the 600,000 refugees from Breslau, Dresden was filled with nearly 1.2 million people. Churchill had asked for “suggestions how to blaze 600,000 refugees”. He wasn’t interested how to target military installations 60 miles outside of Dresden. More than 700,000 phosphorus bombs were dropped on 1.2 million people. One bomb for every 2 people. The temperature in the centre of the city reached 1,600  Centigrade. More than 260,000 bodies and residues of bodies were counted. But those who perished in the centre of the city can’t be traced. Approximately 500,000 children, women, the elderly, wounded soldiers and the animals of the zoo were slaughtered in one night.

On Shrove Tuesday, February 13, 1945, a flood of refugees fleeing the Red Army 60 miles away had swollen the city’s population to well over a million. Each new refugee brought fearful accounts of Soviet atrocities. Little did those refugees retreating from the Red terror imagine that they were about to die in a horror worse than anything Stalin could devise.

Normally, a carnival atmosphere prevailed in Dresden on Shrove Tuesday. In 1945, however, the outlook was rather dismal. Houses everywhere overflowed with refugees, and thousands were forced to camp out in the streets shivering in the bitter cold.

However, the people felt relatively safe; and although the mood was grim, the circus played to a full house that night as thousands came to forget for a moment the horrors of war. Bands of little girls paraded about in carnival dress in an effort to bolster warning spirits. Half-sad smiles greeted the laughing girls, but spirits were lifted.

No one realized that in less than 24 hours those same innocent children would die screaming in Churchill’s firestorms. But, of course, no one could know that then. The Russians, to be sure, were savages, but at least the Americans and British were “honorable.”

So, when those first alarms signaled the start of 14 hours of hell, Dresden’s people streamed dutifully into their shelters. But they did so without much enthusiasm, believing the alarms to be false, since their city had never been threatened from the air. Many would never come out alive, for that “great democratic statesman,” Winston Churchill–in collusion with that other “great democratic statesman,” Franklin Delano Roosevelt–had decided that the city of Dresden was to be obliterated by saturation bombing.

Dresden wastelandWhat where Churchill’s motives? They appear to have been political, rather than military. Historians unanimously agree that Dresden had no military value. What industry it did have produced only cigarettes and china.

But the Yalta Conference was coming up, in which the Soviets and their Western allies would sit down like ghouls to carve up the shattered corpse of Europe. Churchill wanted a trump card–a devastating “thunderclap of Anglo-American annihilation”–with which to “impress” Stalin.

That card, however, was never played at Yalta, because bad weather delayed the originally scheduled raid. Yet Churchill insisted that the raid be carried out–to “disrupt and confuse” the German civilian population behind the lines.

Dresden’s citizens barely had time to reach their shelters. The first bomb fell at 10:09 p.m. The attack lasted 24 minutes, leaving the inner city a raging sea of fire. “Precision saturation bombing” had created the desired firestorm.

A firestorm is caused when hundreds of smaller fires join in one vast conflagration. Huge masses of air are sucked in to feed the inferno, causing an artificial tornado. Those persons unlucky enough to be caught in the rush of wind are hurled down entire streets into the flames. Those who seek refuge underground often suffocate as oxygen is pulled from the air to feed the blaze, or they perish in a blast of white heat–heat intense enough to melt human flesh.

One eyewitness who survived told of seeing “young women carrying babies running up and down the streets, their dresses and hair on fire, screaming until they fell down, or the collapsing buildings fell on top of them.”

There was a three-hour pause between the first and second raids. The lull had been calculated to lure civilians from their shelters into the open again. To escape the flames, tens of thousands of civilians had crowded into the Grosser Garten, a magnificent park nearly one and a half miles square.

The second raid came at 1:22 a.m. with no warning. Twice as many bombers returned with a massive load of incendiary bombs. The second wave was designed to spread the raging firestorm into the Grosser Garten.

It was a complete “success.” Within a few minutes a sheet of flame ripped across the grass, uprooting trees and littering the branches of others with everything from bicycles to human limbs. For days afterward, they remained bizarrely strewn about as grim reminders of Allied sadism.

At the start of the second air assault, many were still huddled in tunnels and cellars, waiting for the fires of the first attack to die down. At 1:30 a.m. an ominous rumble reached the ears of the commander of a Labor Service convoy sent into the city on a rescue mission. He described it this way:

“The detonation shook the cellar walls. The sound of the explosions mingled with a new, stranger sound which seemed to come closer and closer, the sound of a thundering waterfall; it was the sound of the mighty tornado howling in the inner city.”


Others hiding below ground died. But they died painlessly–they simply glowed bright orange and blue in the darkness. As the heat intensified, they either disintegrated into cinders or melted into a thick liquid–often three or four feet deep in spots.

Shortly after 10:30 on the morning of February 14, the last raid swept over the city. American bombers pounded the rubble that had been Dresden for a steady 38 minutes. But this attack was not nearly as heavy as the first two.

However, what distinguished this raid was the cold-blooded ruthlessness with which it was carried out. U.S. Mustangs appeared low over the city, strafing anything that moved, including a column of rescue vehicles rushing to the city to evacuate survivors. One assault was aimed at the banks of the Elbe River, where refugees had huddled during the horrible night.

In the last year of the war, Dresden had become a hospital town. During the previous night’s massacre, heroic nurses had dragged thousands of crippled patients to the Elbe. The low-flying Mustangs machine-gunned those helpless patients, as well as thousands of old men, women and children who had escaped the city.

When the last plane left the sky, Dresden was a scorched ruin, its blackened streets filled with corpses. The city was spared no horror. A flock of vultures escaped from the zoo and fattened on the carnage. Rats swarmed over the piles of corpses.

A Swiss citizen described his visit to Dresden two weeks after the raid: “I could see torn-off arms and legs, mutilated torsos and heads which had been wrenched from their bodies and rolled away. In places the corpses were still lying so densely that I had to clear a path through them in order not to tread on arms and legs.”

The death toll was staggering. The full extent of the Dresden Holocaust can be more readily grasped if one considers that well over 250,000 — possibly as many as a half a million — persons died within a 14-hour period, whereas estimates of those who died at Hiroshima range from 90,000 to 140,000.*

1945-Dresden pyres

Bodies being stacked on railroad tracks to be burned

Allied apologists for the massacre have often “twinned” Dresden with the English city of Coventry. But the 380 killed in Coventry during the entire war cannot begin to compare with over 1,000 times that number who were slaughtered in 14 hours at Dresden. Moreover, Coventry was a munitions center, a legitimate military target. Dresden, on the other hand, produced only china–and cups and saucers can hardly be considered military hardware!

It is interesting to further compare the respective damage to London and Dresden, especially when we recall all the Hollywood schmaltz about the “London blitz.” In one night, 1,600 acres of land were destroyed in the Dresden massacre. London escaped with damage to only 600 acres during the entire war.

In one ironic note, Dresden’s only conceivable military target — its railroad yards — was ignored by Allied bombers. They were too busy concentrating on helpless old men, women and children.

If ever there was a war crime, then certainly the Dresden Holocaust ranks as the most sordid one of all time. Yet there are no movies made today condemning this fiendish slaughter; nor did any Allied airman–or Sir Winston–sit in the dock at Nuremberg. In fact, the Dresden airmen were actually awarded medals for their role in this mass murder. But, of course, they could not have been tried, because there were “only following orders.”

This is not to say that the mountains of corpses left in Dresden were ignored by the Nuremberg Tribunal. In one final irony, the prosecution presented photographs of the Dresden dead as “evidence” of alleged National Socialist atrocities against Jewish concentration-camp inmates!

Churchill, the monster who ordered the Dresden slaughter, was knighted, and the rest is history. The cold-blooded sadism of the massacre, however, is brushed aside by his biographers, who still cannot bring themselves to tell how the desire of one madman to “impress” another one let to the mass murder of up to a half million men, women and children.

* Although it will never be possible to obtain an exact count of the victims, a reasonable estimate can be adduced by taking the number of registered inhabitants of the city, doubling it by a factor of two-plus to account for undocumented refugees in the city at the time, and then extrapolating the number of dead from analogous instances in other German cities subjected to saturation bombing and aerial atrocity during World War II, notably Hamburg, Darmstadt and Pforzheim, amongst others.
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16 Responses to VIDEO: The True Atrocity of the Fire Bombing of the German City of Dresden

  1. Aaron Chapman says:

    As an Englishman, I woke up some time ago, to the ACTUAL facts of the lead up to war and then and then the actual war itself. I have never been proud of my place of birth, because of the endless double standards. Those double standards eventually led me to look at world war 2 from a different perspective, as I had always, from boyhood, had a great interest in ww1 and ww2. From the amount of evidence, proving Germany’s innocence and the evil of other western powers, I find it hard to believe, I ever fell for the allied version. I have been crusading the truth to others for quite a while now and though some have joined the enlightened, others refuse to accept that this is the truth, even though the evidence is so very compelling. The allied version to it’s people about the bombing of Dresden, as an example, is so shameful, that the historical records of these so called glorified leaders of men, be officially re-written in the annuls of THE GREATEST EVIL. My meaning of the greatest evil, is not always associated with personal infliction of death to others, but also I mean it can be categorized in the form of, he who promotes and with great effectiveness, perfects the lie, to dupe his fellow man, for his own ends.

    • Steve Atkinson says:

      I’m with you 100% Aaron. I’ve just finished watching the attached video of Dresden and I feel sick to the pit of my stomach about the event and about being nationally associated with the gutless drunkard that the British, in their blissful ignorance, venerate to this day!! GOD, it makes my blood boil!

      • Aaron Chapman says:

        Germany, could have been the friend, that we didn’t deserve. World affairs today have shown this.

    • And please don’t forget the way the British slaughtered over 27000 woman and children in concentration camps during the Boer War, and then steeling the land which was raped by the British scorched earth policy. Ultimately for the Gold and Diamonds in Zuid Africa

      • Aaron Chapman says:

        British atrocities go back a very long way, but they have always promoted themselves, as the good guy, the civilised man, the incorruptible, the superior man, but in actual fact, the British government, has always been the bad man. He only gets involved in war, if he feels the need for something new, or simply spots an opportunity to gain. This is unfortunate, because the average British Joe soap, falls for the government lies and fights those wars for him, thinking that they are on the side of right.

  2. SB says:

    The American portion of this horrendous raid on Dresden was planned by U.S. General Carl Spaatz, a German American. General Spaatz was later to become the first Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force in 1947. Furthermore, Churchill had retaliated for the firebombing of London by the Luftwaffe on Dec 29, 1940.The bombing of Dresden occurred 17 days after the liberation of Auschwitz death camp on Jan 27th. If Auschwitz was the holocaust, Dresden was the Luthercaust!!!

  3. ribbung says:

    “The elephants gave spine-chilling screams. Their house was still standing but an explosive bomb of terrific force had landed behind it, lifted the dome of the house, turned it round, and put it back on again… The baby cow elephant was lying in the moat on her back with her legs helplessly reaching up toward the sky, suffering severe stomach injuries unable to move. The hippopotamuses were drowned when debris pinned them to the bottom of their water basin. In the ape house, a gibbon reached out to the trainer, only bloody stumps left of its arms. Nearly forty rhesus monkeys escaped to the trees but were dead by the next day from drinking water polluted by the incendiary chemicals. The next day, a U.S. aircraft pilot flew in low, firing at anything he could see was still alive… In this way, our last giraffe met her death. Many stags and others animals which we had saved became victims of this hero.” ~ Otto Sailer Jackson, animal trainer – Dresden Zoo.

    • Aaron Chapman says:

      Ich kann nicht vergeben der Englischer oder Amerikaner, und noch ich bin Englische. Das tut mir leid. Leugner und lugen sie sind. Deutschland ist eine grosse land und Dresden auf die Elbe, ist sehr schon.

  4. Tom Lawson says:

    I’m afraid we in England are given to understand that we’re always in the right and have a glorious history of fighting for the freedom of others and liberating other countries from evil. The truth is somewhat different, however. And this dreadful operation in Dresden isn’t unique, sadly. We also committed war crimes against the Boers in South Africa under Lord Kitchener. In fact it was the British under Kitchener that first devised and introduced concentration camps! And of course we were instrumental in setting up the state of Israel. May God forgive us.

    • Aaron Chapman says:

      The criminalized, are now beginning to take their rightful place, as the victims of crime, The true criminals won the war, but only to create the savage corrupt and deceitful world we live in today. Good people died on both sides and the problem with the allied side, is that those who died, did so, only to be dishonoured by the elite of the leadership. Germany’s elite stayed till the end. I don’t think that ours would have done so if the tables had been turned. You are right Tom, we made Israel and I can’t see how that can ever be forgiven.

  5. Tom Lawson says:

    “I expect history to be kind to me, since I intend to write it.” – Winston Churchill.

  6. Thomas Cross says:

    We are saddened by these wantom cold blooded atrocities committed by the brainless allied aganist the people of German!

  7. How any sane human being could justify an act of such cruelty, is beyond my comprehension. Just how wrong in the head does one have to be to consider this “acceptable behavior” and that women and children deserved to die in such a horrific fashion, simply “because they were German”? I tear up every time I read this. 😥 Revenge may not bring them back, or heal old wounds, but I still can’t help wanting it with every fiber of my being. >_<

    • Aaron Chapman says:

      Deutschland……nicht shuldig. England und Amerika…………SCHULDIG. Nuremberg war eine luge. Solten hatte die Allies vor gerischtsaal.

  8. Buthaina says:

    Dear Wayne, this date the 13th of February is very much liked by the Judea Zionist. During the first Gulf war and on the the 13th of Feb. 2001 the US bombed a civilian shelter in Baghdad, burning alive to death 804 Iraqi women, young men and children. It must be that is their rituals to roast people live in that date. Al-Mighty Allah’s Mercy on the souls of the innocent victims, in Germany, and Iraq. Amen, Amen, Amen.
    Best regards

  9. EDOMS THORN says:

    Saga The Snow fell
    AS GERMANY tries to defend Europe from the Communists, the west allied against Hitler, and allowed Communism to continue!

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