There are still many people in and around Portsmouth who remember being bombed during the war.
I wonder how many of you know that after the war there were not thousands but millions of German prisoners of war?
And I wonder how many of you have read that thousands of these men allegedly starved to death?
In his book Other Losses, James Bacque claims the Germans were incarcerated on the orders of General Eisenhower.
He says they were imprisoned, shoulder to shoulder, in camps the size of Southsea Common with no overhead protection or latrines. Bacque alleges they were then starved to death.
He says most of the mass graves have never been found and, where they are known to exist, permission to dig has been refused.
Apparently the prisoners fruitlessly scraped holes in the mud to try to get out of the wind and rain and anyone found trying to feed them would be shot.
In this third edition of the book, Bacque says millions disappeared without trace.
Many had escaped from the advancing Russians hoping for mercy when captured by the Allies. Unfortunately for many, it was a hopeless dream.
After hearing of American soldiers executed by German SS squads and seeing the Belsen death camp, one can understand why Eisenhower might have felt the way he did.