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History Poll 6: "Did America and Britain Act As Brutally as the Germans and Japanese during (And after) WW2?

The topic in this history Poll Number 6 is "Did America and Britain Act As Brutally as the Germans and Japanese during WW2?

It is possible that first thought that may come to many of you is "What a useless, one-sided topic! Of course the Americans and British acted in a far more civilised manner then the Germans and Japanese during WW2"

But do pause and think before you vote. The Dachau killings by American soldiers in 1945. The inhuman torture by the British of former Nazi officers (Hoess for instance) after the war ended. The almost deliberate starving of the German people after the war by the Allies. Many more points can be raised.

Here are useful links to help make up your mind....

When Allied Soldiers "Went Bad"......
Ruthless American Incendiary Bombing Of Japan In 1945

An extract from an article.....
Adding to international outrage, Cyril Connolly, one of England’s most acclaimed writers reported: "British guards imprisoned German troops and tortured them." He described how "they were so possessed by propaganda about German 'Huns' that they obviously enjoyed demonstrating their atrocities to visiting journalists. A British reporter named Moorehead who was present at these ‘torture fests’ observed that 'a young British medical officer and a captain of engineers managed the Bergen-Belsen camp. "The captain was in the best of moods," he said. "When we approached the cells of gaoled guards, the sergeant lost his temper." The captain explained. 'This morning we had an interrogation. I'm afraid the prisoners don't look exactly nice.' The cells were opened for the visiting journalists. "The German prisoners lay there, crumpled, moaning, covered with gore. The man next to me made vain attempts to get to his feet and finally managed to stand up. He stood there trembling, and tried to stretch out his arms as if fending off blows. "Up!" yelled the sergeant. "Come off the wall." "They pushed themselves off from the wall and stood there, swaying. In another cell the medical officer had just finished an interrogation. "Up." yelled the officer. "Get up." The man lay in his blood on the floor. He propped two arms on a chair and tried to pull himself up.A second demand and he succeeded in getting to his feet. He stretched his arms towards us. "Why don't you kill me off?" he moaned. "The dirty bastard is jabbering this all morning." the sergeant stated. 

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