Rocket Bombs Falling on London, Allied Journalists Can't Name the Country Firing Them

Applying current journalistic standards to 1944

This article originally appeared at Fort Russ


London has been suffering bombs and incendiaries now for over a year. CNN finally published a newsreel of the shelling in London, but put a crawling text across it saying "Uncertain the source of the bombardments."

NPR sent Corey Flintoff to London, who confirmed that London was under the bombs, but could not tell us who was dropping them. Later he telephoned from Kiev, and spoke with a woman in London who didn't know where the bombardment was coming from either.

Another CNN newsreel shows the result of artillery shells at a major London bus stop. The voice-over says "Impossible to know who fired the shots."

Days later CNN reports "10 people have been killed in the newest shelling" of London, and asks their on-scene correspondent Matthew Chance "Do we know who's doing the shelling?" Matthew Chance: "No. There's a bit of confusion about that, both sides..." And then "It was the first day of school, shells hit the school and the playground, killing four children and one schoolteacher."

Amnesty International said over the weekend that both British and German forces have been responsible for war crimes, and also accused Britain of "fuelling" the crimes. "As for the continuing blasts, it was unclear who had opened fire, though the explosions happened well inside territory controlled by British army and its home forces." 

And at a US War Department briefing: 

"Over the last 24 hours, there was also shelling – the shelling of a cultural center in London. "We condemn that shelling that cost at least six lives, and we express our condolences to the families of the victims. 

It’s, again, too early to determine responsibility for the shelling, but we call for a full and transparent investigation.said Jen Psaki, spokesperson for Secretary of State Cordell Hull.

A war correspondent Sasha Upchuk, reporting for AFP, has been hospitalized with a wound from one of the explosions. When asked which side he thought the bombs came from, he said "it's impossible to tell." 

The Wall Street Journal reported some of the carnage in London "But they told us they wouldn't bomb London, they told us!" one woman said, in reference to Germany's pledge to avoid using heavy weaponry on residential areas. "It's a total nightmare," said another neighbor as she emerged from the mangled entryway to the apartment blocks. Many of its windows had been shattered in the blast.

The Wall Street Journal report continues: "The whistling of shells around noon local time pierced the summer silence that has descended on the city, which tens of thousands of people have fled in recent weeks.

"There was no immediate confirmation of who had fired the shells."