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Venlo Airfield after heavy allied Bomber Raids

Venlo Airfield after heavy allied Bomber Raids

The Fliegerhorst Venlo/Netherlands (codenamed Nassau), was one of the larger military airfields. It was partly in the Netherlands and partly in Germany. It was heavily bombed during World War II. After the war the part on Dutch soil was almost completely demolished. On the German side, a large number of structures can be found in the woods.
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Airfield B4 near Beny-sur-Mer, Normandy

Airfield B4 near Beny-sur-Mer, Normandy

Two days after D-Day, maintenance and construction commando squadrons arrived in Normandy to build airstrips. Ground crews of No 144 Wing (including Nos 441, 442 and 443 Squadrons) were deployed near Banville as early as June 9th, 1944. Both air and ground crews had to get used to the dust and lack of comfort of their temporary facilities. The bases and support personnel of the other Spitfire a...
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Burned out Tank Car Train near Sermaise - August 1944

Burned out Tank Car Train near Sermaise - August 1944

The train of Tank cars attacked at this point by 2 Group on the night of 6/7 August 1944 is completely burned out. No truck count is possible but the train is approx. 820 feet long. Both tracks are blocked temorarily.
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German Cruisers at Copenhagen - 4 May 1945

German Cruisers at Copenhagen - 4 May 1945

In the lower part of the picture, the german cruisers Prinz Eugen and Nurenberg can be seen.
Another view of Prinz Eugen at pier in the Kronløbsbassin in Copenhagen after it surrendered. The Kronløbsbassin is a part of the Freeport of Copenhagen. At the end of the war, she was one of only two operational German cruisers left (the other was the light cruiser Nürnberg), and was surrendered...
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Lancaster Bomber over Stadtlohn - 21 March 1945

Lancaster Bomber over Stadtlohn - 21 March 1945

In March 1945 towards the end of World War II, Stadtlohn was hit by massive allied airstrikes that almost destroyed the entire town. On March 31, 1945 British forces marched into the town.
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Port en Bassin shortly before D-Day

Port en Bassin shortly before D-Day

Photograph shortly taken before "D-Day" to show the underwater sandbanks off Port en Bassin.
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The Mulberry at Arromanches

The Mulberry at Arromanches

On D+1 the caissons, each with a 4 man crew, two sailors and an anti-aircraft gun emplacement, were towed to positions about a mile off-shore and handed over to a fleet of powerful harbour tugs which manoeuvred them into their final positions. The caissons' sea valves were opened until they settled at previously agreed depths. Each Mulberry was about a mile long and stood about 30 ft (9m) above...
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Aerial Photo from Kure Harbour - 22 June 1945

Aerial Photo from Kure Harbour - 22 June 1945

The following ships can be identify on the photo:

Two Amagi-Katsuragi class carrier, one Ise class battleship and one Aoba class heavy cruiser.
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RAF photo The Hague 18 March 1945

RAF photo The Hague 18 March 1945

On the right you also see the site of the accidental bombing of the Bezuidenhoud area.
In the Second World War German V-2 rockets were stationed in the park just north to this district, called Haagse Bos. On 3 March 1945 the allies attempted to destroy V-2s and launching equipment by a large-scale bombardment, but due to navigational errors the Bezuidenhout was destroyed; 500 people were...
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Bridge of Remagen

Bridge of Remagen

Aerial picture of the Bridge of Remagen, made by the 457th BG

Found at http://www.457thbombgroup.org

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Bombing Hamburg harbor

Bombing Hamburg harbor

Strike pictures of the 457th BG. Date unknown

Found at http://www.457thbombgroup.org
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Bombing Frankfurt

Bombing Frankfurt

Mission of the 100th BG. Date unknown...

Found at http://www.100thbg.com/
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100th BG bombing Krupp Works in Magdeburg

100th BG bombing Krupp Works in Magdeburg

Photo of Magdeburg and the Krupp Works, the target.

Found at http://www.100thbg.com/
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German carrier Graf Zeppelin 1943 in Stettin

German carrier Graf Zeppelin 1943 in Stettin

Graf Zeppelin was a German aircraft carrier of the Kriegsmarine, named like the famous airship in honour of Graf (Count) Ferdinand von Zeppelin. It was Germany's only aircraft carrier during World War II. Its construction was ordered on November 16, 1935, and its keel was laid down December 28, 1936 by Deutsche Werke of Kiel. It was launched on December 8, 1938, but was never completed.
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German cruiser Seydlitz in Bremen 1942

German cruiser Seydlitz in Bremen 1942

Seydlitz was a heavy cruiser of the German navy, fourth in the Hipper class, but was never completed. The keel was laid on 29 December 1936 at DeSchiMAG shipyards in Bremen, Germany, and the ship was launched on 19 January 1939. At the outbreak of World War II the cruiser was only two thirds completed. The Soviet Union sought to buy her, along with her also unfinished sister Lützow, but the req...
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Bombing of Metz 25.04.1944

Bombing of Metz 25.04.1944

Bombing of Metz, Germany - Mission #141 of the 303rd BG, 25 April 1944

Photo taken from: B-17G #42-32027 Betty Jane 427BS — Altitude: 20,400 feet, Pilot: 2Lt Phil W. O'Hare

http://www.303rdbg.com
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Bombing of Metz 12.08.1944

Bombing of Metz 12.08.1944

Bombing of Metz, France - Mission #226 of the 303rd BG, 12 August 1944

Photo taken from: B-17G #42-97781 The '8' Ball MK III 359BS — Altitude: 20,200 feet, Time: 10:46:30, Pilot: 1Lt Lewis M. Walker

http://www.303rdbg.com
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Bombing of Leuna 12.05.1944

Bombing of Leuna 12.05.1944

Bombing of Leuna Factory of the I.G.Farbenindustrie A.G. near Merseburg near Merseburg, Germany - Mission #152 of the 303rd BG, 12 May 1944

The Leuna Factory of the I.G.Farbenindustrie A.G. near Merseburg is the biggest heavy chemical plant in Germany. Its principal products are ammonia, synthetic petrol derived from the hydrogenation of brown coal, and synthetic alcohols made fr...
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Utah Beach - 8th Infantry Regiment Landing Plan

Utah Beach - 8th Infantry Regiment Landing Plan

The landing plan of the 8th Infantry Regiment of the 4. Infantry Division for July 6th, 1944.
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Warsaw Ghetto Station

Warsaw Ghetto Station

Aerial photo of the Umschlagplatz. Warsaw's "Danziger Bahnhof" (Danziger Station) was located approximately 1 km north of it. Both the Warsaw ghetto and the city itself was provided with goods by this trading centre, which remained operational even during the deportations.
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Warsaw Ghetto Map

Warsaw Ghetto Map

The Warsaw Ghetto was the largest of the Jewish ghettos established by Nazi Germany in Warsaw, then former capital of Poland located in the territory of General Government during World War II. Between 1941 and 1943, starvation, disease and deportations to concentration camps and extermination camps dropped the population of the ghetto from an estimated 450,000 to approximately 71,000. In 1943 t...
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Milton - Cambridgeshire in World War II

Milton - Cambridgeshire in World War II

It shows Milton and the area around it and, judging by the features, it was taken late in World War II. At this time there was a large rail depot and a barracks on the land now occupied by the Science Park, A14, travellers site and the land fill. The barracks was also a PoW camp late in the war.
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V1 launching site at Yvrench, France

V1 launching site at Yvrench, France

A few weeks after the Peenemunde raid, on November 9th 1943, a "suspicious erection" was noticed on a set of reconnaissance photos at Bois Carr, near Yvrench in France. This was the first V1 launching site to be analysed. It shows the long, low building of heavy concrete (christened a "ski site") which was used for the storage of flying bomb components. Within a few weeks, s...
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Residenz Building in Munich after Bombing Raid - April 1944

Residenz Building in Munich after Bombing Raid - April 1944

Part of a vertical photographic-reconnaissance aerial taken over Munich, Germany after the raid by aircraft of Nos. 1 and 5 Groups, Bomber Command, on the night of 24/25 April 1944, showing the building complex of the Residenz, gutted by incendiary fire. Damage has also been caused to the Feldherrnhalle fronting onto Odeonsplatz (lower right), which was an important Nazi Party 'shrine'.
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Sud-Quest Aircraft Factory after Bombing Raid - 11 March 1944

Sud-Quest Aircraft Factory after Bombing Raid - 11 March 1944

Vertical photographic-reconnaissance aerial showing severe damage to the SNCA de Sud-Ouest aircraft factory at Chateauroux/Deols airfield, France, following an attack by 30 Avro Lancasters of No. 5 Group, Bomber Command, on the night of 10/11 March 1944.
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