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Old 26-06-2015, 07:51 PM   #786
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Lightbulb Bergen-Belsen


Band Of Brothers Soundtrack - Discovery Of The Camp ..
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Men of 11 Light Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps wear protective clothing as they evacuate a sick woman from one of the camp huts. The woman is wrapped in a blanket because inmates were not permitted to take their clothing out of the camp...

The British comedian Michael Bentine, who took part in the liberation of the camp, wrote this on his encounter with Belsen:

We were headed for an airstrip outside Celle, a small town, just past Hanover. We had barely cranked to a halt and started to set up the "ops" tent, when the Typhoons thundered into the circuit and broke formation for their approach. As they landed on the hastily repaired strip – a "Jock" [Scottish] doctor raced up to us in his jeep.

"Got any medical orderlies?" he shouted above the roar of the aircraft engines. "Any K rations or vitaminised chocolate?"


The Liberation of Bergen-belsen Concentration Camp, April 1945..

"What's up?" I asked for I could see his face was grey with shock.

"Concentration camp up the road," he said shakily, lighting a cigarette. "It's dreadful – just dreadful." He threw the cigarette away untouched. "I've never seen anything so awful in my life. You just won't believe it 'til you see it – for God's sake come and help them!"

"What's it called?" I asked, reaching for the operations map to mark the concentration camp safely out of the danger area near the bomb line. "Belsen," he said, simply.

Millions of words have been written about these horror camps, many of them by inmates of those unbelievable places. I've tried, without success, to describe it from my own point of view, but the words won't come. To me Belsen was the ultimate blasphemy.

After VE. Day I flew up to Denmark with Kelly, a West Indian pilot who was a close friend. As we climbed over Belsen, we saw the flame-throwing Bren carriers trundling through the camp – burning it to the ground. Our light Bf 108 rocked in the superheated air, as we sped above the curling smoke, and Kelly had the last words on it.

"Thank Christ for that," he said, fervently..And his words sounded like a benediction...
http://www.timmytoad.org.uk/itz4u/RAMC/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bergen...entration_camp
http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showt...153235&page=12

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