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  1. Berlin unter Bomben • STEGLITZ

    28 Oct 2019

    ‘steht nichts’ [Photo: Trustees of the IWM / Tony Redding. Life and Death in Bomber Command. Fonthill Media, 2013.] [Berlin 1/2 March 1943: this night oblique taken by an RAF bomber during the raid shows smoke drifting from fires in the Steglitz area (A) and a concentration of fires around


  2. ‘Cookie’ delivery to Berlin

    11 Mar 2019

    26 million of German people lost their homes during the war, just in Berlin 600,000 apartments were destroyed, half of all houses were damaged and around a third uninhabitable, as much as 16 km² of the city was simply rubble. When the war came to an end in May 1945…


  3. Bombensturm! (Part IV)

    05 Feb 2019

    HC Bombs: [RAF ground crew push a 4,000-lb blast-bomb towards the bomb-bay of a Vickers Wellington of No 419 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force at RAF Mildenhall in 1941.] [Photo: Imperial War Museums © IWM (TR 11).] The strategic method to destroy German cities employed by Bomber Command in area…


  4. The Opera - The Prussian statues

    28 Jan 2019

    This is how the Staatsoper Unter den Linden area looked short time after the end of the war in the summer of 1945: a mass of ruin and rubble [Photo by Hildegard Dreyer. Deutsches Historisches Museum (GOS-Nr. BA010457)] Before the end of World War Two, next to the main entrance…


  5. The Opera - Reconstruction and Death

    14 Jan 2019

    When the Staatsoper den Linden was severely damaged by British bombs in April 1941, Hitler urgently ordered its reconstruction, as it was one of his favourite buildings from his fanatical devotion to Opera and Richard Wagner’s works [December 1942: Nazi-parade of a guard of honour at Unter den Linden on


  6. The RAF strikes the Opera

    08 Jan 2019

    9 / 10 APRIL 1941 On that night, Wednesday, RAF Bomber Command launched an operation against ‘the Big City’. The mixed attacking force comprised 80 bombers - 36 Wellingtons, 24 Hampdens, 17 Whitleys and 3 of the new Short Stirling heavy bomber. This was the first raid on…


  7. The Opera - Hitler’s favourite

    29 Dec 2018

    If there was a building at Berlin favourite for the Führer that was the Opera… Its importance and history, its location in Berlin Mitte in the middle of Unter den Linden Avenue, and its musicians, made it a symbol of the city. A symbol raised to the altars by…


  8. Zerstörung am Haus der Schweiz

    09 Dec 2018

    Here we can see the destroyed roof of the “Haus der Schweiz” and adjacent building at Unter den Linden 22/23 Ecke Friedrichstraße 155 on these two images taken from a video film. This original film-footage filmed on 10 April 1941 recorded the damage taken from the previous night raid by…


  9. Bombensturm! (Part II)

    03 May 2018

    The Incendiary Bombs [Haus Vaterland (“Fatherland House”) burns following a night raid on 22/23 November 1943 by British RAF bombers. The building was a pleasure palace on the southwest side of Potsdamer Platz. At left, a S-Bahn signal post.] [Photo: Ullsteinbild / Archiv Golejewski.] Incendiaries (IB), usually small-sized…


  10. Bombensturm!

    18 Mar 2018

    When British Bomber Command went to war in 1939 it found itself equipped with a very limited and inadequate arsenal of bombs. General Purpose GP Bombs: The high explosive GP (general purpose) bombs, developed from 1935, were the initial arsenal Bomber Command had to carry destruction to Third Reich soil…


  11. Ivan kommt

    12 Jun 2017

    Berlin was also bombed by the Soviets, years before the final Red assault over the city in 1945 Hitler invaded the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, the largest offensive in History at the time, and German forces quickly advanced throught the vast steppe towards Moscow, the main target.…


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