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  1. Britische Luftangriffe über Berlin

    14 May 2021

    ‘Ten killed in Berlin raid’. ‘Berlin gets a taste of bombs… …British bombers took a toll of ten killed and about thirty wounded in a workers’ section less than two miles from the Government offices in Wilhelmstraße. All the casualties were civilians. Preliminary reports gave no word of death or


  2. Bombing raid on Berlin

    02 May 2021

    ‘Aircraft drawn from two R.A.F. squadrons made a special attack on an objective only four miles from the centre of Berlin early yesterday morning’. – Daily Herald, Friday, August, 30, 1940 – Photo: © IWM CH 10246. As we have seen on previous posts, the first bombing on Berlin made…


  3. August 1940 (III)

    09 Jul 2019

    Berlin unter Bomben [German police, firemen, and Gestapo members inspecting a burnt out five-story building at Berlin Kreuzberg, the day after the last air-raid made by British RAF bombers. Notice shell-scarred facade.] [Photo: Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone.] After the attacks made on three previous nights, the British air bombing offensive didn’t stop: on…


  4. 31 August 1940 raid

    04 Jun 2019

    On Friday 30th August afternoon, Bomber Command men were briefed again to raid Berlin The British force comprised 41 twin-engined aircraft ready to take off from eastern England to bomb the city that night. Prime targets were again the Siemens factory complex at the northwestern part of the ‘Big City’…


  5. “Back from Berlin”

    02 May 2019

    ‘The sporadic raiding of London towards the end of August was promptly answered by us in a retaliatory attack on Berlin. The War Cabinet were much in the mood to hit back, to raise the stakes, and to defy the enemy. I was sure they were right…’ (Winston S Churchill) …


  6. ‘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…


  7. 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…


  8. 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…


  9. 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…


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