Mark Cheney. Prof. Ross. Engl 1301 - 2050. 10 April 2017.
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ENGL 1301 - 2050
10 April 2017
A White-washed History It is estimated that around 1.5 million German troops died in Allied controlled concentration camps after the war had already ended. In peace, more German soldiers died than that of which were killed during all the battles that were fought in the western front. During the time of the second World War, most of the world’s attention was focused on the atrocities that were being committed by the Nazi party, but little was said about the heinous acts that were perpetrated by the Allied troops and command and not many people were willing to speak out against the Allied party especially after the Allied troops claimed victory over the 3rd Reich in 1945. Even today, to…show more content…
What especially made these bombing so terrifying was the use of white phosphorous, willy pete, which burned at temperatures reaching around 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit and was usually used to melt enemy vehicles. Towns that were targeted were filled with civilians sleeping in their beds when the fight wave of bombers filled the skies with dozens of bombers. After the rumbling stopped and the bombing had ceased, survivors and emergency helpers would scramble to stop the fires and assist the injured. During this time the second wave would make their way over the city and release a volley of willy pete on the town, which was then in turn followed up by another high explosive bombing run to spread the white phosphorus even further. The towns would soon become extremely windy because of the heat from the white phosphorus which would only intensify the blaze even further. When the combination of extreme heat and wind gust reaching speeds above 150 mph mixed, it created vortexes of fire and melted the asphalt on the roads. The bunkers that families thought would protect them turned into ovens. Those that could free themselves from these underground death chambers would flee into the streets only to find themselves melting into the asphalt. The bombings were a tactic to induce fear and to break the spirit of the German people. The soviets also had their own ways to strike fear in the heart