Saturday, October 13, 2012

Oct

13

1942

British War Cabinet monitors German morale

Annotated vertical photograph taken over Hamburg, Germany by a specially-equipped aircraft to show the feasibility of damage plotting during a night raid. This exposure, taken without the use of a photoflash, shows areas of the city identified by the pattern of fires resulting from the bombing. The locations, all in the Wandsbek district are: 'A' - Horner Weg; 'B' - Washingtonallee; 'C' - Kamp Jenfelder; 'D' - the north end of Stengelestrasse; 'E' - fires burning among barracks; and 'F' - fires in the grandstand of the racecourse.

” Hamburg is unrecognisable. It looks as if an earthquake has taken place.” ” Very soon there won’t be even ruins in our Duisburg.” ” If the Tommies keep on bombing us like this Western Germany will soon cease to exist.” ” I cannot understand what you are doing at the front that we should be bombed four nights in succession.”