Bombing Of Braunschweig In World War II
During World War II Braunschweig (known as Brunswick in English) was attacked by Allied aircraft in 42 bombing raids.
The attack on the night of 14/15 October 1944 by No. 5 Group Royal Air Force (RAF) marked the high point of the destruction of Henry the Lion's city in the Second World War. The air raid, part of Operation Hurricane, caused a huge firestorm because of which Braunschweig burnt continuously for two and a half days. Moreover, the attack destroyed Braunschweig's mediaeval city centre (more than 90% of it) thereby changing the city's appearance right down to the present day.
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