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  • Vivid Color Film of 1943 Firebombing of Hamburg

    Feuerwehr Hamburg - Video 



    Remarkable color film, with graphic images -- made by firefighter Hans Brunswig -- of the devastating summer 1943 bombing of Hamburg. In this ferocious aerial attack, some 3, 000 British and American aircraft dropped 9,000 tons of bombs, killing 42,600 civilians and wounding 37,000. Many were burned to death or killed by poisonous carbon monoxide gas. Only about half the dead bodies could be identified. This "firestorm" bombing -- the first ever-- incinerated eight square miles of the city with flames of up to 800 degrees Celsius fanned by winds of 150 mph. More than 250,000 homes and houses were destroyed, as well as 24 hospitals, 277 schools and 58 churches. Runtime: 6:06 mins.

    A British View of the 1943 Bombing of Hamburg

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    A British presentation, with English-language narration, of the Allied aerial assault on Hamburg in late July 1943. The British-American "Operation Gomorrah" bombings killed 42,600 civilians and wounded 37,000. It created a 1,500-foot-high tornado of fire, a firestorm. A million civilians fled the city. This was an example of Allied "area bombing," which targeted for death all Germans -- including all women and children. British prime minister Winston Churchill himself wrote in a memo of the Allied policy of "bombing of German cities simply for the sake of increasing the terror." 

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