- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1591 KB
- Print Length: 39 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader; 1 edition (13 Feb. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BAWAU5W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 104 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,755 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Gregg's memories encompass both the mundane and the horrific. He describes scenes that are almost impossible to comprehend and for him and the other witnesses to have lived with the memories of such sights without losing their sanity is incredible. We were taught about WW2 at school, but I don't remember Dresden getting a mention. It doesn't fit with our British view of ourselves as the conquering heroes. Gregg addresses this paradox at the end of his memoir calling for some law to prevent any reoccurrence of such civilian slaughter. In common with my thoughts after having read The Rape Of Nanking, I am left bewildered and horrified at the capability, seemingly existing in all humans, to destroy each other.
Victor Gregg was in Dresden during the atrocity visited upon that city. His account is simple but spares no detail about what he saw. The image which sticks in my mind was when he saw a group of refugees from the fire storm engulfing Dresden trying to cross the road to safety. The road surface had melted and as they tried to cross they got stuck in it like flies on a fly paper. One by one the burst into flames as Gregg and his companions could only watch on in horror helpless to do anything to rescue them.
It was many years before he was able to talk about his experiences from that time; in February 2015 on the 70th anniversary of the bombing he was interviewed on the BBC news.
Then, as in the book, he was scathing about those who ordered the raid, not the bomber crews who carried out the raid. They were only following orders. It was the politicians, notably Churchill and Portal, who ordered it, despite the fact that the ancient and beautiful of Dresden had no strategic importance.
As a schoolboy I studied the bombing and almost total destruction of Dresden - an historic city with little military value - with horror and shame that my own country - the good guys - had orchestrated such a heinous terror attack.
I share the authors respect for the brave airmen of the RAF and USAF; this was not their crime. But "Bomber" Harris should have been investigatedg for war crimes. Too late for that, but not too late for the UK to issue a formal apology for the destruction of Dresden and the mass slaughter of tens of thousands of innocents.
This short book is a sobering and horrific first hand account of that terrible event. I would suggest that it should be mandatory reading for every school child, but perhaps it is simply too horrific....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The horrors of war. Will the leaders never learn. A harrowing account.Published 27 days ago by margaret Joy
A very interesting insight to what happened in Dresden from an outsider who got caught up in the carnage surrounding the bombings.Published 2 months ago by Doreen Mapley
Mr Gregg has given an extremely graphic account of surviving the horrific bombing of Dresden. It is a story told with honesty and every dreadful detail recounted with the clarity... Read morePublished 3 months ago by jane field
Very short yet riveting read. It's a shame there are not more of these brave guys left to tell their stories. Well worth some quiet time to read this.Published 4 months ago by Mr P Casey
An extreme eye opener. A well written book. It will make you sit up and for the first in our lives realise what it truly feels like to be bombed to oblivion. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Geordie
I am sitting in dresden on a warm evening in May having spent two days being enchanted by this beautiful city. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
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