Monthly Archives: March 2012

Civil defence teams

Civil defence teams: Marseille civil defence workers are congratulated by their chief, Commandant Seydoux, after the raid of 27 May 1944. Courtesy Archives Municipales de Marseille, 29/II/4.

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Civil defence cadres

Civil defence cadres: the prefect-delegate for Marseille with national and regional SIPEG officials after the raid of 27 May 1944. The raid destroyed the local SIPEG headquarters and killed its occupants, as the modern plaque indicates. Courtesy Archives Municipales de … Continue reading

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Shelters: this shelter for Marseille railwaymen

Shelters: this shelter for Marseille railwaymen took a direct hit on 27 May 1944, resulting in up to 100 deaths. Courtesy Archives Municipales de Marseille, 29/II/4.

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Shelters: digging a ‘family trench’

Shelters: digging a ‘family trench’ in Avranches, summer 1944. Useless against a direct hit, this shelter would have protected its occupants against blast and splinters. Collection BDIC-MHC. Tous droits réservés.

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Two neighbourhoods in Marseille after the raid of May 1944

Two neighbourhoods in Marseille after the raid of May 1944 Courtesy Archives Municipales de Marseille (29/II/4).

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Civil defence deaths in Marseille, 27 May 1944

This plaque in central Marseille commemorates the staff of the town’s civil defence headquarters, killed at their posts in the raid of 27 May 1944.             Photo: Andrew Knapp

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Information on casualties

The Bulletin d’Information de la Défense Passive for July 1944 sets out statistics for raids in the second quarter of the year. Courtesy Mémorial de Caen, FQ/72.

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Contact

Name Professor Andrew Knapp   What the site does This website, developed by Andrew Knapp (with contributions from Lindsey Dodd, and major technical help from Leigh Blount) aims to inform you about the Allied bombing of France between 1940 and 1945 - about … Continue reading

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The Norman town of Saint-Lô was heavily bombed…

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.

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‘Cowards! – France will not forget!’

‘Cowards! – France will not forget!’ The simplest collaborationist French poster against the bombing, with the Parisian basilica of Sacré Coeur in the background. Collection BDIC-MHC. Tous droits réservés.

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