With the result, that what ever was done on allied side was excused because “after all the Germans started it”.
Not only started but also continued till 1945. What about V-1 and V-2
and the deportations of starving prizoners in Winter 1945. In August
1944 the Germans murdered about 50 000 Warsaw civilians
and later destroied the city without any military reason, to 'punish'
The WWII wasn't a German-British game. Even if you will kiss
each other you are in some way responsible for Communist
rules in Central Europe till 1990, the results of which will be still visible
in 100 years.
And why is the bombing of Rotterdam, Bath, and Warshow a war crime, and Dresden, Würzburg and Peenemünde not?
Warsaw in English.
I don't know if the bombing of Warsaw in 1939 was a crime,
Warsaw was fighting.
The bombing of Wielun was certainly a crime because there was
no military target in the city and the Luftwaffe destroied
the correctly marked hospital and the city seeing what they
were doing. The book without Wielun (and probably Sulejow)
is less credible for me.
To make clear: his book is not about denying or revising what Germans have done in the war, its about the question when military action for a good case is turning into something “wrong” and should recognized as such.
The book is also a media and marketing success.
Now - how many of the hundreds of thousands of readers
who buy the 'We were the victims' story will read something
about the victims of the Nazis, let even German victims of the Nazis?
Personally I think that the allied bombing in the first stage of the war had still some military use and were therefore legitimate. Where the last phase of the bomb raids was unquestionable just pure revenge. If the aim of military action is to kill as much civilians a possible it can undoubtly be called a crime. And it doesn’t matter if its committed in Guernica, Wielun or Dresden
At least Klemperer had different opinion.