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Interactive map shows Nazi Blitz on London

Published: 07 Dec 2012 12:38 GMT+01:00

Created by a geographer from the University of Portsmouth, the website www.bombsight.org takes data from the British National Archives and combines it with geo-tagged photographs from the Imperial War Museum and anecdotes from a BBC wartime memorial project.

More than 20,000 people died and around 1.4 million Londoners lost their homes in the Nazi bombardment from October 1940 to June 1941.

"It seems astonishing that London survived the onslaught," the project's initiator Kate Jones said in a university statement. "The Bomb Sight project demonstrates the clustering together of lots of different data using the power of geography."

The website allows users to see what the kind of bomb dropped on a particular site, and combines this with pictures and personal details of those affected at the time.

A mobile app for people with Android phones enables people to point their phone at a street scene and get an augmented reality view showing the bombs that were dropped there.

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23:12 December 7, 2012 by Englishted
What for the comments about the retaliation bombing later in the war being a war crime ,as if.
10:47 December 8, 2012 by Anny One again
Little tip, think about it again !

Hörnum/Sylt-4.sep.39, Wilhelmshaven-5.Sep.39, Emden+ Rothenburg a.d.Tauber-31.March.40, Freiburg i.Breisgau-10.May.40, Mönchengladbach + Düren-12.May.40, Hagen-15.May.40, Münster-16.May.40. Braunschweig + Augsburg-17.May.40, Hamburg + Bremen-18.May.40, Hannover 19.May.40, Frankfurt a.M. + Bielefeld-June.40, Köln-18.June.40, Kiel 2.Juli.40, Erfurt-26.July.40, Fürth-16.August.40, Frankfurt a.d.O + Berlin 25.August.40

All these cities were attacked by the RAF and USAAF before the "Blitz" on London.These and other cities were repeatedly attacked during and after the Blitz.More than 160 cities were destroyed.

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luftkrieg_im_Zweiten_Weltkrieg
11:06 December 8, 2012 by Englishted
@Anny One again

October 1940 to June 1941.The Blitz.

"All these cities were attacked by the RAF and USAAF before the "Blitz" on London.These and other cities were repeatedly attacked during and after the blitz"

Oh so the U.S.A. join the war before October 1940 ,see you learn something new everyday ,even if it is bullshine.
11:52 December 8, 2012 by Anny One again
@Englishted Pfff......

Shall I write the entire table in detail for you ?I do not know whether it is your laziness or your ignorance.

Correction"All these cities were attacked by the RAF before the "Blitz" on London.These and other cities were repeatedly attacked during and after the Blitz. by RAF and USAAF.More than 160 cities were destroyed.

If you would read it (The wikipedia table),yould would understand what try to explain.
16:06 December 8, 2012 by Englishted
@Anny One again wrong.

"Notably, the Luftwaffe bombed Warsaw, Wieluń, and Frampol. It is believed that the bombing of Frampol was an experiment as it had no targetable industry and no military units were stationed there."

But these don't count as G.B. and Germany were not at war? correct ?.

The Rotterdam Blitz 14th May 1940 ? which German cities were bombed before this ?.

Here is the link I used just to confirm what I already knew as to who started the bombing of cities in WW2.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_bombing_during_World_War_II#Early_war_in_Europe
19:50 December 8, 2012 by raandy
When i see pictures like this ,I always think ,what a way to have to live .
10:10 December 9, 2012 by DepotCat
As young teenagers, my old Mum & Dad lived through the Blitz and later the V weapon attacks. Although they both lived in the West London suburbs, these areas were not immune to bombing. Among the many hazards were high explosive bombs, some designed to go off long after they were dropped, incendiary bombs, land mines on timers and anti-personnel butterfly bombs. Then later came the "buzz bombs" the V1s. And later still a mysterious explosion in nearby Chiswick on Friday 8 September 1944 heralded the first rocket attacks using the V2...Civilians at the time were told it was a gas explosion, although the government knew the truth, which was made public on the 10th November 1944.
18:42 December 9, 2012 by jg.
@Anny One again "Berlin 25.August.40" and "All these cities were attacked by the RAF and USAAF before the "Blitz" on London"

The Luftwaffe attacked London on 24th August 1940. They targetted London docks but bombs were dropped in the central financial area and residential areas in the West End (apparently in defiance of direct orders from Hitler). The RAF mounted a small raid on Berlin on 25 August 1940 in retaliation.

As many people I talk to believe that only London and Coventry were bombed in WWII, I would like to point out that the Luftwaffe bombed Plymouth in the South West and Aberdeen in Scotland - and everywhere in between.

My mother lived in Exeter which was first bombed by the Luftwaffe on 7th August 1940 but she and her siblings were buried in their home when it was bombed in a larger raid in 1942.

Unlike the Italians, who chose to get rid of Mussolini at the first opportunity, Germans chose to fight to the bitter end - leaving half of the country in the hands of the Russians. The only German town my father did not have to fight for in 1944/45 was the town where Slavic concentration camp prisoners had taken over four days earlier, when their guards deserted.
10:38 December 10, 2012 by Anny One again
@ jg.and DepotCat

First i feel sorry and i am ashamed what happens to your Families,but like i have said it before,the RAF startet the bombing on cities and civilians in Germany not the other way around.(Note the wikipedia article and scroll a little bit down)

@jg.The Italians got it better because they have nothing to fear as they switch the sides.That was a part of the deal.And following the First World War, concentration camps were erected for German civilian population in the areas that became part of Poland, including camps Szczypiorno and Stralkowo. In the camps, the inmates were abused and tortured.After 1926, several other concentration camps were erected, not only for Germans, but also for Ukrainians and other minorities in Poland. These included camps Bereza Kartuska and Brest-Litowsk.During WWII thousands of Germans lost their lifes in polish concentration camps also.

@Englishted

The Rotterdam bombing based on a tragic misunderstanding,but 128 known air raids on Rotterdam and its surroundings were carried out by the RAF and the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF).And so far I know Frampol, Warsaw and Wieluń are in Poland,not in the UK.The Article was about the Blitz on London and i gave you some reasons for your first false comment.
03:25 December 15, 2012 by soros
I wonder what a map of this kind would do for Hamburg, Berlin, Dresden, Frankfurt? How would it look in comparison? I read almost a million German civilians died in British-American bombing raids. It's all relative, isn't it?
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