Did Winston Churchill influence the decision to bomb German cities so badly at end of World War II? What role did he have in appointing Sir Arthur “Bomber” Harris to lead Bomber Command? Did he give a secret order to “bomb the hell out of them”? Did he exhibit this attitude in his speeches? (Updated and reposted, 31 May 2018.)
“Bomb the hell out of them”
General Harris was a military appointment, though supported by Churchill. For many months after Russia was attacked, bombing was the only “second front” Britain could offer. The Allies were losing everywhere and Stalin was clamoring for the Anglo-Americans to attack.…
It is depressing and disheartening for anyone who knows the barest facts to hear history told by actors, with reality turned on its head under guise of entertainment. Invented dialogue and scenarios are of course necessary for dramatic effect. Robert Hardy's scrupulously accurate portrayal of Churchill's "Wilderness Years" doesn't deviate an iota from fact or believability. Yet it is at least as dramatic as this latest dose of Fake History.