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Devastation of Nuremberg, Germany

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The city was severely damaged in Allied strategic bombing from 1943-1945. On January 2, 1945, the medieval city centre was systematically bombed by the Royal Air Force and the U.S. Air Force and about ninety percent of it was destroyed in only one hour, with 1800 residents killed and roughly 100,000 displaced. In February 1945, additional attacks followed. In total, about 6000 Nuremberg residents are estimated to have been killed in air raids. Despite this, the city was rebuilt after the war and was to some extent, restored to its pre-war appearance including the reconstruction of some of its medieval buildings. In this view overlooking the Pegnitz River, upper right you can see the Frauenkirche (Our Lady‘s Church) on the edge of the Adolf-Hitler-Platz. Water intakes, choked with debris, fed the needs of factories. This view was taken after the city‘s capture by the United States Army‘s 45th Infantry Division and theThird Armored Division.
Image Filename wwii1006.jpg
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Image Dimensions 2106 x 2898
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Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed April 20, 1945
Location Pegnitz River
City Nuremberg
State or Province Bavaria
Country Germany
Archive National Archives and Records Administration
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Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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