Friday 9 December 2016

German bombs were a mistake

Published 11/08/2010 | 05:00

WITH the greatest respect to Wexford historian John Flynn ('The day Hitler's bombs brought death to a quiet Wexford village', Irish Independent, August 9) I cannot share his belief that the German air force deliberately targeted the Creamery Co-op building in Campile in August 1940.

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Apart from the fact that Ireland was neutral in World War Two and that the Nazis, for all their dreadful excesses, generally refrained from infringing the neutrality of non-combatant nations (such as Switzerland, Sweden, Portugal), there were a number of other incidents involving German bombs falling on the Free State that were clearly accidental.

Even if we accept that the Nazis wanted to teach Eamon de Valera the lesson that any perceived leaning towards the British would not be tolerated in Berlin, the Luftwaffe was not in the habit of dispatching a single plane to bomb a target.

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