03.02.

1945: A Thousand Bombers Attack Hitler’s Berlin

1945: A Thousand Bombers Attack Hitler’s Berlin
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The bombs fell even on the Reich Chancellery (in its back yard was the famous Führerbuker in which Hitler and his associates had taken shelter).

On this day during World War II, the Allies executed one of the strongest assaults on the capital of Hitler’s Germany. Namely, Berlin was attacked by approximately 1,000 Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress” bombers. Interestingly, even the historical center of Berlin itself was raided, and some highly ranking Allied commanders protested because of that.

The raid was led by American Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Rosenthal, who was of Jewish origin. The bombs fell even on the Reich Chancellery (in its back yard was the famous Führerbuker in which Hitler and his associates had taken shelter).

The Gestapo headquarters were apparently hit, as were the buildings in the famous Berlin “government district” (“Regierugsviertel”) around the notable Wilhelmstrasse street. Also, well-known streets in the center were damaged – Unter den Linden, and Friedrichstrasse. One of the most infamous Nazi officials was also killed in the attack – Roland Freisler, chief justice of the People’s Court (Volksgerichtshof).

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