Sunday, October 30, 2005

what war costs

truth and reconcilliation !!!

I was born in 1936 and as a child I heard the sound of the blitz on Birmingham and Coventry

my father
Watkins, Alfred Henry (David) b: 17 AUG 1907 in Usk Monmouthshire d: 24 SEP 1942 in HMS Somali

four great uncles
Watkins, Horace Holmes b: ABT 1891 in Usk d: 21 OCT 1914 in Ypres Salent, Belgium
Watkins, Iltyd Edwin Maitland b: 25 MAR 1890 d: 7 MAY 1915 in Panel 50 YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIALIeper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Watkins, Mervyn Holmes b: BEF SEP 1893 in the Wern, Abersychan Pontypool 11a 165 d: 18 SEP 1918 in of war wounds
Watkins, Vivian Holmes b: ABT 1890 in Usk d: 20 FEB 1915 in Of war wounds Westminster Hospital

my uncle
Lapham, Alfred George (Dick) b: 19 OCT 1912 in AMW BB Reg Winterbourne Chipping Sodbury d: 1 JUL 1945 in Royal Australian Army (Prisoner of Japanese)

another uncle's first wife
Williams, Dorothy Lavinia b: MAY 1890 in Cardiff June 11a 345 d: 26 APR 1942 in 25 King Edward Avenue, Oldfield Park Bath in BLITZ

my cousin's cousin
James, William Henry (Harry) b: 19 MAR 1920 d: 14 SEP 1943 in RAF killed in action Crashed in sea off Korsør, Denmark

I have read Slaughter House 5
and the diary of Victor Klemperer
so I know exactly what the British and Americans did to Dresden

The good Germany has done far outweighs the period of insanity from 1914 to 1945

I saw the rebuilding of Coventry cathedral in the 1950ies and now Dresden is done too.


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