Revenge In World War II

Revenge played a big role in the cruelty and atrocity associated with World War II. One of the best known examples of revenge in WWII are the civilian bombings by both sides. One of the most devastating was the bombing of Dresden, Germany by the Allies on February 13th-15th, 1945.

Many believe that the bombing of the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6th and 9th, 1945 by America, were revenge-motivated. They believe that it was unnecessary because the Japanese had already agreed to surrender. It caused the deaths of thousands of civilians and created horrific destruction.

The Expulsion of the Germans by the Soviets in 1945 is another example of a revenge-motivated war move. When the Soviets invaded Germany they committed horrible atrocities. Cruelty was their motto. They didn’t just merely invade–they caught and murdered innocent civilians. The Soviets could have just taken over Germany without killing civilians, committing atrocities, etc…. Instead, they purposefully were brutal, influenced by revenge.

The brutality of WWII caused around fifteen million military deaths and a horrifying forty-five million civilian deaths. Revenge played a big role in WWII and also the coming events in western history.

5 thoughts on “Revenge In World War II

  1. I believed that bombing Japan wasn´t necessary, and that wars either. There should be another way of living, defending rights, etc. There isn´t excuse to atrocity, and World War II was absolutely cruel. I only hope that we, as humanity, change our minds enoughs not to repeat such atrocicites.


  2. The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki weren’t motivated by revenge; they were motivated by a quicker, less deadly end to WWII that the Americans desired, The projected casualties from invading Japan would be over 10 million on both sides, whereas the combined death toll of both nukings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was around 246,000, approximately 2.6 percent of the projected death toll. In addition, Japan would have probably sent those submarines full of deadly diseases to the West Coast of the US (the operation was planned for 9/22/1945), which would have killed more Americans. If anything an invasion would cost more bloodshed and more destruction. Also, it WAS the nukes that convinced Japan to surrender on 8/14/1945 (announced a day later), the nukings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were on 8/6 and 8/9, respectively. I’m not accusing you of agreeing with the people who think the nukings were revenge-motivated, but for those who do, they should think as if they were in the year 1945. Just saying.


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