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1941: German Luftwaffe Bombs Belfast in Northern Ireland

1941: German Luftwaffe Bombs Belfast in Northern Ireland
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons / The Luftwaffe’s Bombings of Belfast

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  • Historical event
  • 15 April 1941
  • The attack on Belfast was the second-deadliest German attack on United Kingdom (after the attack on London). The famous Harland and Wolff shipyard, one of the largest in the world, was in Belfast (the Titanic was also built there).

Luftwaffe aircraft bombed the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland for the first time on this day in 1941.

It was Tuesday after the Easter, and more than 200 Luftwaffe bombers attacked Belfast. There were many victims – about 900 people were killed.

Therefore, the attack on Belfast was the second-deadliest German attack on United Kingdom (after the attack on London).

Belfast was attractive for the Germans due to the high concentration of industry.

Namely, the famous Harland and Wolff shipyard, one of the largest in the world, was in Belfast (the Titanic was also built there, as were several British aircraft carriers). Belfast had a relatively weak anti-air defense.

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