Bombenangriff auf Dortmund: „The cure is in their own hands“


Heute vor 70 Jahren bombardierten die Alliierten Dortmund. Es war der schwerste Bombenangriff auf eine deutsche Stadt während des gesamten 2. Weltkriegs. Die Deutschen hatten den Krieg bestellt, nun lieferten die Alliierten. Für die Treue zu ihrem Führer, für die Verbrechen in den besetzten Ländern, an den Juden und an der Zivilbevölkerung in Groß-Britannien wurde nun eine immer blutigere Rechnung gestellt.

Air-Chief-Marshall Sir Arthur Travers Harris, Commander in Chief of Bomber Command, hatte die Deutschen bereits 1942 gewarnt – die Deutschen wollten nicht hören.


The Nazis entered the war under the rather childish delusion that they were going to bomb everyone else and no-one was going to bomb them. At Rotterdam, London, Warsaw and half a hundred other places they put that naive theory into operation. They sowed the wind and now they are going to reap the hurricane. Let the Nazis take good note of the western horizon. There they will see a cloud no bigger than a man’s hand. But behind that cloud lies the whole massive power of the United States. When the storm bursts over Germany they will look back to the days of Lübeck and Rostock and Cologne as a man caught in the blast of a hurricane will look back to the gentle zephyrs of last summer. The cure is in their own hands. There are a lot of people who say that bombing can never win a war. Well my answer to that is that it has never been tried yet and we shall see. Germany, clinging ever more desperately to her widespread conquests and even foolishly seeking for more, will make a most interesting initial experiment.


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