January 16th 1945 - Bombing of Magdeburg


On January 16th 1945, Magdeburg is attacked by British bombers. On their entry of the city on April 19th U.S. troops found a very badly damaged city. Since 1943, initially industrial firms were bombed. On January 16th 1945 a British bomber group took off with 371aircrafts in southern England. Their mission was to carpet bomb a city by the code name "Grilse," Spawning salmon. The first objective was southern Germany. But then the course was changed to Northern Germany. People in Magdeburg realized too late that the city was a target. Therefore, the sirens didnt sound until the first bombs were dropping. First the city was marked by flare bombs. During the next attack wave British aircraft dropped air mines which opened up roofs and house walls and thereby created a larger attack surface for the fire and phosphorous bombs that were to follow. The strong fire ignited firestorms street asphalt became liquid and began to burn. The entire attack lasted 39 minutes. 90% of the interior city was destroyed. 2500 people died.

Länge: 00:01:30 | O-Ton: nein | Farbe: s/w | Jahr: 1945 | Clip-ID: JHT000290E




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