"A native town destroyed is sadder than a British city, for there is so little help for the people. These people were stricken by the clash of greater nations than they in their land, and little could be done to help them in their trouble. Here were no Army doctors and nurses to help them; there were no gifts of clothes and food from other prosperous communities. A native town blitzed means an end to civilization in that district for the time; the survivors must disperse to live as best they can…"
From The Chequerboard, by Nevil Shute, Pan Books Ltd. (paperback) 1962, p137. Commenting on destruction of a town in Burma in World War 2.