Veteran who saw children ‘melting’ in bombing says allies committed ‘war crime’

A veteran who saw children "melting" in the Dresden bombing says the allies committed a "war crime".

Victor Gregg, 99, was being held as a prisoner of war when 3,900 tonnes of explosives were dropped on the ancient city during the Second World War.

The bombing saved his life because he was due to be shot that day, but took the lives of tens of thousands of civillians.

He said: "If they hadn’t have come over then this morning, 74 years ago, I would have been marched to the courtroom, strapped to a wall and shot."

Speaking on Good Morning Britain on the 74th anniversary of the attack, Victor recalled the horrifying events he witnessed.

Victor said: "It’s the manner in which these people died. Unless you were there…your brain won’t accept it.

"There wasn’t a sign of any children because they melted. Their bones were too tender and they melted.

"You didn’t even see skeletons. It was a sort of a jelly with bits floating about."

Victor described how women and children flew through the air as they were dragged into a vortex because of the power of the wind.

The controversial attack by Britain and America, which demolished Dresden, is the subject of his new book Dresden: A Survivor’s Guide.

Victor said: "I believe it was a war crime and I’ve taken a lot of stick over it."

He was joined in the GMB studio by historian and broadcaster Dan Snow.

Victor revealed he was thrown 50 feet into the air but quickly recovered consciousness.

He discovered the body of his friend Harry, then was able to leave the prison. But survivors were quickly rounded up.

The war veteran claimed it was "bedlam" and he believes 80% of those being held prisoner were killed.

The bombs got much bigger with the second wave, which caused complete devastation.

Victor said: "It was aimed specifically at civilians and you’ve got to ask yourself who were the civilians. It wasn’t the able bodied men. They were in the army."

*Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am

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