One of the things we are learning about war (and will discuss further) is that when war breaks out all sense of morality often breaks down. We have learned about the indiscriminate bombing of London by the German air force – terror bombing designed to kill people. The British air force bombed cities in Germany in the same way. A neighbour, who lived in south-east London through the Second World War, described to me seeing a German fighter plane (a Messerschmitt) strafing Forest Hill Road (close to where I live). Strafing means flying low down the street shooting people with the aircraft’s machine gun. This seems particularly vindictive, and is frightening to imagine, although it is perhaps no worse than dropping a bomb from on high or firing a missile from afar.
A Messerschmitt shot down on a London street