World War II became more brutal as time went on. The brutality was definitely not one sided, however. All countries that participated in WWII committed acts of brutality even against the most innocent civilian. Two examples of this are the Allied bombings and the German Holocaust (Final Solution).
In the Nazi party there was the belief that there were “sub-humans” in the world. According to Hitler, these consisted of several races, particularly the Jews. Hitler had the idea and the means: “Wipe out all sub-humans.” A man named Alfred Rosenberg had the theory: “…and this is how we’ll wipe ‘em out.” Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, executed the Final Solution.
The Final Solution was mass killing of all Jews, Gypsies, Slavs and more. Brutal? Cruel? Horrible? Yes. The Einsatzgruppen were the groups who carried out almost half of these murders. Millions of deaths of all kinds of people that were considered “enemies of the state” resulted.
The Allied (British and American) bombings, mainly on Germany, but stretching to all enemy countries like Japan, were another brutal part of WWII. They would bomb cities, killing hundreds of innocent civilians, in order to make a country submit. This failed, but they bombed anyway.
One of the main bombings was the bombing by the British of the city of Dresden, Germany on February 13th, 1945. The city was filled civilians fleeing the Soviets. The British first bombed in the late evening. They then attacked for a second time a few hours later. The next morning they attacked again. One survivor named Lothar Metzger said: “…I cannot forget these terrible details. I will never forget them.”
World War II was a horrible war and everyone was brutal—the Soviets, the Allies, the Germans, the Japanese, the Italians-everybody. There is only one conclusion to make—World War II was one of the most brutal, if not the most brutal war in history.