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Transporting the wounded

Transporting the wounded. These five pictures show the job being done by regular civil defence workers, by nuns, and (according to the caption) by young fascists of the National-Revolutionary Youth. Collection BDIC-MHC (photo DNP). Tous droits réservés.

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Trapped victims

Trapped victims. The immediate task of civil defence teams after a raid (here, on the Paris suburbs, probably in May 1944) was to dig out the living or, when this could not be done immediately, to pump fresh air to … Continue reading

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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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The village of Dugny

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.

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Death at the races

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

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Saint-Lô after the raids of June 1944

Saint-Lô after the raids of June 1944 Collection BDIC-MHC (Photo Le Noan). Tous droits réservés.

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Bomb damage on picture postcards

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.

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Rouen, spring 1944

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

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Only one-fifth of bombs dropped…

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.

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The Secours National

The Secours National had premises all over France, but they were not immune from bomb damage. Collection BDIC-MHC (Photo DNP). Tous droits réservés.

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