Reflections by One American Veteran
of the Second World War
Charles E. Weber, Ph.D.
Television stations throughout the United States are now showing many views of the events of a bloody, painful day that took place a half century ago, gruesome scenes that included great physical and mental pain for the participants, scenes that were recorded in thousands of feet of motion picture film. What did this pain and these sacrifices on the beaches of Normandy really bring about for Americans?
I am an American veteran of the Second World War, born in 1922 just several days before Mussolini’s “march on Rome.” I was sworn into the Army of the United States on 13 January 1943 and discharged from military service on a pleasant spring day in Heidelberg, 13 April 1946. During the three and a quarter years I went to places to which I was ordered and did what I was ordered to do. Since my overseas service was in Europe, my reflections on 6 June 1944 are mostly concerned with the American military role in Europe. When I view the film showing American military actions on 6 June 1944 I realize how fortunate I was not to have been in a location such as the “Omaha” sector that day.
After the end of military actions in 1945 I was involved in a process usually summarized by the word “Denazification,” which afforded me the unusual opportunity of listening to views on both sides of the war. My training had been in military intelligence and my Military Occupational Specialty Number was 631, that of an intelligence non-commissioned officer.
Opposing American military forces invading Europe in June 1944 were men of my race, in fact exclusively of my race, from various parts of Europe, a Europe which had been exhausted by nearly five years of war. At the time the United States was closely allied with the most destructive tyranny which had ever existed in the history of mankind. Men from many lands were opposing the advance of Communism into western Europe: Finns, Germans, Hungarians, Italians, Romanians, Slovaks and Croatians as well as nearly a million volunteers from the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Denmark, Norway, etc. These volunteers included some of the finest and most courageous men of all the combatants, not only in terms of their military feats, but also because their governments, some of which had fled into exile, disowned them and later tried many of them as traitors for idealistically defending Europe against the armed forces of Communism.
During the past few decades a number of courageous historians have been reevaluating the history of the Second World War and in particular the American role in it. A notable, early example is the book by the American intelligence officer, Col. John Beaty, The Iron Curtain Over America (1951). A recent and quite disturbing book by the Canadian journalist James Bacque, Other Losses (1989), deals with the ruthless American treatment of Germans who had laid down their arms in 1945. Such historians have had the courage and intellectual integrity to delve objectively into the realities of American participation in the war in spite of a flood of continuing propaganda by the American mass media that present the history of the war as an American involvement in a “good war.” In addition to the two titles mentioned above there are scores of other important books in this category.
On 1 September 1939 National Socialist Germany, wisely or not, attempted to gain back by force of arms parts of which had been taken from Germany by Poland by force of arms during 1919-1920. Three days later the war between Germany and an overconfident Poland was expanded into a world war by declarations of war against Germany by a heavily armed and overconfident England and a somewhat hesitant France which considered itself well protected behind an impressive line of modern fortifications. The motives for these declarations were complex, but fear of German competition for export markets was unquestionably a prominent factor at a time of lingering massive unemployment in England. On 3 December 1939 another event took place about which nearly all Americans are unaware. It is known to historians as the Bromberg Bloody Sunday, a mass murder of civilian ethnic Germans by Poles. This event, which was soon documented by a large illustrated official publication of the German government, brought about a grim and desperate atmosphere from the very start of the war.
We know from documents of the Polish Foreign Office captured in Warsaw in 1939 by invading German forces that the diseased, ruthless occupant of the American White House, who was still preoccupied with massive unemployment after seven years in office, was ordering his diplomats in Europe to help set the scene for a war which was indeed destined to solve his problems with regard to massive unemployment. The shrewdly duplicitous, mendacious Roosevelt assured the American people that he had no intention of sending their sons to fight on foreign battlefields, for he was well aware that the vast majority of Americans wanted no involvement in the European war that was raging at the time, especially after the outbreak of hostilities between Germany and the U.S.S.R. Even such prominent Americans as Charles Lindbergh and Walt Disney helped to lead the struggle against the threat of involvement in the war.
On the basis of published histories of Soviet military units we know today that a Communist invasion of western Europe was being planned, an earlier attempt at which was frustrated during 1919-1920. (See Bulletins 4 and 40, page 4.) In 1941 Soviet forces were being ordered into offensive positions with their powerful, modern tanks in number far greater than those at the disposal of the German commands. When German political and military leaders became convinced that time and further delay were putting Germany at a military disadvantage that would become ever more difficult to overcome, after arrogant demands by Soviet diplomats in the autumn of 1940 and after a brutal Soviet occupation of the Baltic republics in 1940 (a preview of what defeat by the U.S.S.R would mean to Germany and indeed to the rest of Europe), German leaders ordered an offensive action against the U.S.S.R on 22 June under the code name Operation Barbarossa, which met with astonishing successes against the Soviet armed forces that had been preoccupied with future offensive actions without making sufficient defensive preparations, thus another instance of overconfidence. The initial German military successes took place in spite of inadequate preparations for a sustained offensive, even including a shortage of uniforms suitable for winter warfare.
Roosevelt had an intense personal hatred of Hitler, who had, in some important ways, been far more successful in solving economic problems of their respective lands. Roosevelt had come from a very wealthy family, in contrast to Hitler, who came from modest circumstances and who had served his nation in its armed forces as a close witness to the horrors of war. During 1940-1941 under Roosevelt’s leadership American armed forces and materials of war were being committed increasingly to military actions against Germany in spite of the overwhelming sentiments of the American people against military involvement in another European war. In a long speech on 11 December 1941 Hitler finally expressed his recognition that Roosevelt’s diabolical efforts had won out against the will of the American people and that a state of war with the United States existed. (See Bulletins 29 and 36.) However, without such a formal declaration, the full forces of American military and industrial potential might have been delayed for months or even years. Hitler had underestimated the will of the American people to stay out of the European war. When one reads Hitler’s speech of 11 December 1941 it becomes apparent that Hitler had become deeply involved emotionally by American actions against German naval forces in the Atlantic. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor several days earlier had made Roosevelt’s desire for full American involvement an easily attained reality and his political position virtually unassailable.
The beaches of Normandy, soaked with the blood of American young men on June 6, 1944, are a symbol of American sacrifices in a war which produced results that later caused many thoughtful Americans to ask themselves what the bitter sacrifices had really brought about. For over four decades eastern and much of central Europe were tortured by a brutal, exploitive Soviet occupation. During 1945-1946 expulsions of ethnic Germans from areas that had been parts of Germany for centuries resulted in the deaths of millions [Suggested reading: Gruesome Harvest: The Costly Attempt to Exterminate the German People]. By the start of the Soviet blockade of Berlin in June 1948 all Americans except the most simple-minded admirers of Roosevelt had to ask themselves what we had done as a nation. I was still in Europe during the summer of 1948, having taken a position with the Department of War, after my discharge from the army. The summer of 1948 was one of great tension and fear that a war would break out again, this time in a military vacuum that would have permitted a rather sudden defeat of whatever western military forces were still left in Europe and a subsequent Soviet occupation of most or all of Europe that had not already been occupied by Soviet forces.
We Americans can be proud that our Constitution forbids “ex post facto” laws in keeping with thousands of years of European legal traditions expressed, for example, in the ancient Latin legal dictum, “nulla poena sine lege.” One day in the summer of 1946 I attended the protracted show trials in Nuremberg of German leaders who had been obeying the laws of their country and defending it against ruthless foes who had made genocidal threats against the German nation in the form of the Morgenthau Plan and other means. The Nuremberg trials were a cynical repudiation of American legal principles, against which some courageous American voices were raised at the time, including some members of the United States Senate. Both Senator Robert Taft and Senator Joseph McCarthy died prematurely.
The Nuremberg trials, with their cynical disregard of American and European legal principles (similar to present efforts to suppress investigations of various historical questions in Canada and Europe), can be seen as a sort of psychological necessity for most Americans who had come to realize what their country had done in Europe and that a military vacuum had been created in Europe with little more than American atomic bombs as a deterrent to further Soviet military advances. The trials helped to rationalize the moral aspects of our conduct of the war, including the merciless and largely unnecessary bombing of German and other civilian populations, as in the case of Dresden in February 1945. The disgraceful American postwar treatment of German prisoners of war and Operation Keelhaul were not well known at the time to most Americans. Such actions were not worthy of a nation that claimed the influence of Christian moral principles.
The American “victory” of 1945 and the subsequent Nuremberg trials have poisoned and debilitated the psyche and even the will to survive of the Aryan component of the American population. They have acted like a boomerang that returns to strike the thrower. In one law after the other, in one judicial decree after the other and in one foreign policy after the other the poison and debilitation have manifested themselves. During the past few decades the fortunes of the Aryan components of the American population have been declining year in and year out. The “Holocaust” material and other myths and quasi myths generated with well calculated objectives during and after the Second World War have so thoroughly poisoned and debilitated the American Aryan will to survive that this component of the population of the United States is being overwhelmed demographically and economically, seemingly almost without its awareness, let alone a will to resist, on the part of the victims. The defense of the Aryan nations has become unfashionable, an action out of season, even immoral.
The flood of illegal immigrants into the United States from unsuccessful lands, “affirmative action” (a cynical euphemism for putting Aryan men at a disadvantage in employment), the frequency of abortions which have caused an absolute and even greater relative decline of the Aryan population of the United States, the increasing incidence of miscegenation, our lack of a will to punish sufficiently crimes against Aryans by members of hostile races, the hostility to what remains of Caucasian populations in Africa on the part of “our” State Department, the giving away of our canal at Panama by an obviously corrupted Congress against the overwhelming sentiments of the American people and welfare policies which have caused such a dysgenic development of the population of the United States that it can no longer compete successfully on world markets are just some of the tragic manifestations of the poisoning and debilitation of the American Aryan mind, which seem to me to be the insidious, seldom recognized result of American involvement in the Second World War. Wars seem to have the ability to “hallow any cause” to use Nietzsche’s phrase. Whatever Hitler’s faults or mistakes might have been, his basic aim was the welfare of Aryans. Through the constant denigration of Hitler and his National Socialism in the popular media, this aim is being constantly denigrated, in turn.
The economically debilitating “Cold War” and the costly wars in Korea and Vietnam must also be regarded as at least indirect results of what I am inclined to call “The War to Make the World Safe for Communism” and the tragic mistakes which the United States made during and after that war, notably its naive or even treasonous support of the evil Soviet empire. The Second World War offered a perfect pretext for the growth of Big Government and the introduction of payroll deductions. They are amongst the most damaging, still-extant legacies of the war as far as the Caucasian taxpayer is concerned.
The members of the airforces of England, Germany and the United States were physically and mentally outstanding specimens of Aryan man. Their genes were the supreme result of hundreds of thousands of years of evolution of mankind. They died by the scores of thousands while fighting each other in the flames, explosions and impacts of falling aircraft. In most cases their genes were lost forever. That loss was a striking example of the dysgenic effects of modern warfare. Far more insidious and perhaps far more important were the poisoning and debilitation of the psyche of Aryan man as a result of the war.
It seems especially ironic that a president who slyly and selfishly evaded military service during the war in Vietnam and whose past personal behavior is a source of shame to our country is now representing the United States in commemorations of the sacrifices made by American soldiers on the beaches of Normandy and central Italy. Clinton has the duplicitous manner which is all too reminiscent of Roosevelt’s manner.
It is proper that we honor the well-intended sacrifices of American soldiers who were killed and wounded during the Second World War but we must also keep the result of these sacrifices in their proper perspective, especially with regard to the long-range results of the war.
SOURCE: Liberty Bell, June 1994