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SIR ARTHUR HARRIS: MARSHAL OF RAF BOMBER COMMAND (Color, 45 Minutes.)
This early 1970s British/American documentary takes a simultaneously sympathetic and critical view of a man said to be warm, friendly and cultured by his friends and colleagues and attacked for being a cold ruthless destroyer of civilian populations. His theory of nighttime area bombing and its ability to destroy the workforce and socio-economic heart of the German war effort in its metropolitan centers was given great means to put into practice in large scale raids upon Cologne, Hamburg, Dresden and other great German cities. While the targeting of civilian populations is considered inappropriate in contemporary life, during World War II, starting with the Japanese in raids upon Shanghai and Hong Kong in the early 1930s, all combatants ultimately engaged in it as an acceptable logical conclusion of the concept of "total war". Nevertheless, it was not until such operations were conducted on a grand scale by British Marshal Arthur Harris in Europe and American General Curtis LeMay in Asia that the moral implications of the kinds of terrible devastation such bombing raids wrought could no longer be ignored. As a result, the legacy of Marshal Harris has become and will likely remain a largely confused one; this documentary seeks to firmly establish this fact while it also judges this extraordinary man by the moral standards of his time.
Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet, English air marshal (April 13, 1892 - April 5, 1984) was born Arthur Travers Harris at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, South West England. Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Arthur Travers Harris, GCB, OBE, AFC, commonly known as "Bomber" Harris by the press and often within the RAF as "Butcher" Harris, was Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) RAF Bomber Command during the height of the Anglo-American strategic bombing campaign against Nazi Germany in the Second World War. In 1942, the British Cabinet agreed to the "area bombing" of German cities. Harris was given the task of implementing Churchill's policy and supported the development of tactics and technology to perform the task more effectively. Harris assisted British Chief of the Air Staff Marshal of the Royal Air Force Charles Portal in carrying out the United Kingdom's most devastating attacks against the German infrastructure and population, including the Bombing of Dresden. Harris emigrated to Southern Rhodesia in 1910, aged 17, but returned to England in 1915 to fight in the European theatre of the First World War. He joined the Royal Flying Corps, with which he remained until the formation of the Royal Air Force in 1918, and he remained in the Air Force through the 1920s and 1930s, serving in India, Mesopotamia, Persia, Egypt, Palestine, and elsewhere. At the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, Harris took command of No. 5 Group RAF in England, and in February 1942 was appointed head of Bomber Command. He retained that position for the rest of the war. After the war Harris moved to South Africa where he managed the South African Marine Corporation. Harris's continued preference for area bombing over precision targeting remains controversial, partly because many senior Allied air commanders thought it less effective and partly for the large number of civilian casualties and destruction this strategy caused in Continental Europe.