Category Archives: Effects of Bombing
Two neighbourhoods in Marseille after the raid of May 1944 Courtesy Archives Municipales de Marseille (29/II/4).
The Norman town of Saint-Lô was heavily bombed between D-Day and its liberation on 18 July. Here American troops search among the ruins for German artillery observers remaining in the town. Photo Bippa. Collection BDIC-MHC. Tous droits réservés.
The village of Dugny, north of Paris, was wrecked in a US 8th Air Force raid on Le Bourget airfield on 16 August 1943. Photo Bippa. Collection BDIC-MHC. Tous droits réservés.
Death at the races: on 4 April 1943, bombs from an 8th Air Force raid on Renault’s Billancourt plant fell on Longchamp racecourse during a spring race meeting. According to Jean Galtier-Boissière (Journal 1940-1950 (Paris: Quai Voltaire, 1992), p. 143), … Continue reading
Saint-Lô after the raids of June 1944 Collection BDIC-MHC (Photo Le Noan). Tous droits réservés.
It was common for photographs of destruction by bombs to be sent as postcards. This shows the destruction of rail installations at Vire, in Normandy, by a raid on 6 June 1944. Collection BDIC-MHC. Tous droits réservés.
Rouen, spring 1944. The space in front of the cathedral was levelled after fires broke out during the campaign of 1940. Allied raids in spring 1944, aimed at bridges and rail installations, set light to the cathedral itself, though the … Continue reading
Only one-fifth of bombs dropped by Bomber Command’s raid on Le Creusot on 19/20 June 1943 hit the industrial targets there. A hospital was among the other buildings damaged. Collection BDIC-MHC. Photo NORA. Tous droits réservés.
Le Havre, Winter 1944-45. A report by H. Holbek, a Swedish Quaker visitor to Le Havre, described popular feelings there in November 1944. ‘One notices a sense of bitterness towards the British, a profound chagrin and disappointment, in Le Havre. … Continue reading
Three postcards of the port of Le Havre after the raids of September 1944 Courtesy of Archives Municipales du Havre (Collection Fernez). Tous droits réservés.