Hamburg and Bremen



Hamburg and Bremen


Photograph one is a low level oblique aerial view of Hamburg. The urban industrial and residential areas have considerable visible bomb and fire damage.
Photograph two is a Brownie Box camera view of Hamburg.
Photograph three is a low level oblique aerial photograph of western Bremen, capturing the river Weser and ports. The bottom left of the image is situated in Hohentorshafen, Bremen.



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Three b/w photographs on an album page

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1945. Hamburg. One of Germany’s chief ports, situated on the Elbe. Bomber Command first attacked it heavily in July 1943. The attacks were mainly incendiary & caused fire typhoons in the town. So tremendous were they that the Fire Brigades had to give up & allow the fires to burn themselves out. Hamburg had a population of 2,000,000 people & was virtually destroyed in three nights. The photograph shows a small area of the town with most buildings burnt out.


A view of Hamburg taken on a Brownie Box Camera.

Bremen. 1945.
One of Germany’s major ports & home of the U-Boats. Heavily bombed during the entire course of the war.



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