I was watching a program today about Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding, Commander in Chief of Royal Air Force Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain.
He was a very compassionate man who cared about the well being of his pilots or his 'chicks' as he called them. For example, he insisted that his men have bullet proof windscreens. He was always in conflict with his superiors due to his demands.
Late into 1940, after the Battle of Britain was effectively won, he was removed from office by what was basically a smear campaign.
That was happening in 1940 and 60 to 70 years later it is still happening
I got me thinking about my own work experiences, as humble as they were compared to the likes of Dowding, If you are in any way compassionate and care about the people you manage or work with you are considered a danger, a bit weird or both.
anchor Just to put a couple of points, the nazi's introduced "the blitzkreig" bombing civilians in the spanish civil war, intesified it in poland, but did not start the bombing raids on the UK civilian population until after the uk bombed Berlin, However I am all in gavour of Harris and Dowding, the only main mistake I think was in the bombing of Dresden. As far as terrorism goes it depends what side you are looking at it from, to my mind all un-uniformed combatants are terrorists, whether they are attacking civilian or military targets, with the exception of plain clothed police who should only use weapons in self defence
I'm afraid that the idea that civilians are not involved in modern total war is outdated
Those civilians are perhaps making munitions for the front line, growing food for serving soldiers in the front line, and maybe just knitting socks for submariners in a quiet little Bedfordshire village.
They are all contributing to the war effort.
In addition, your own civilians undergoing privation, and their uniformed relatives, need to know that their counterparts on the other side are facing the same privation.
The days when two armies went to a convenient field, slugged it out for a few hours, and then married the locals are long gone.