Newspaper Cuttings after the attacks on Pont Remy, Le Havre and Frankfurt



Newspaper Cuttings after the attacks on Pont Remy, Le Havre and Frankfurt


Five cuttings from newspapers. Item 1 refers to an attack on Northern France on 31 August 1944 (annotation). Item 2 is a comment from Sir Arthur Harris praising the accurate bombing of the German garrison at Le Havre, September 1944. Item 3 is a cutting with an oblique photo of the bombing of Le Havre. Item 4 is a cutting announcing the surrender of the German garrison at Le Havre to the Canadian First Army. A photo shows the town taken from a low hill. Item 5 is a cutting referring to an operation against the rail yard to the west of Frankfurt and at Stuttgart. There is a second scan of the same page to include all the text.



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Five newspaper cuttings on an album page


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[inserted] 31st August 1944. [/inserted]
Large force of bombers flew out across Channel over South-East Coast town this afternoon apparently on way to attack flying-bomb bases in Northern France. “Procession” continued for more than half hour.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris, A.O.C.-in-C. R.A.F. Bomber Command, has received the following message from the G.O.C. the British Forces of the First Canadian Army:-
“All ranks have the highest praise for remarkable accuracy of the bombing and the timing of every attack on the German garrison and fortified positions at [underlined] Le Havre.” [/underlined] The G.O.C. added that on September 10, when Bomber Command dropped 5,000 tons, the targets were hit “just as the Army wanted it.”

Press cuttings after the attacks on PONT REMY, LE HAVRE and FRANKFURT-am-MAIN. [inserted] Aug’ & Sept’, 1944. [/inserted]

The German defences at [underlined] Le Havre [/underlined] have been the targets for very heavy bombing by the R.A.F. This picture was taken shortly after an attack. Smoke is seen rising from fires near the Bassin du Roi.

A railway yard in the west of [underlined] Frankfurt, [underlined] which was packed with military supplies on the way to the Siegfried line, was a main objective of the R.A.F.’s night attack. Stuttgart was also attacked to extend the devastation beyond the area laid waste in major night attacks last July. The weather was clear over both targets. At Frankfurt, where 400,000 fire bombs were dropped, large areas were on fire on both sides of the river, and smoke rose to 10,000ft. Bombing was equally accurate at Stuttgart and big fires were started. The double attack appears to have split and confused air defence. Night fighters were active over Frankfurt and along the route, but a weaker force was over Stuttgart, where the ground defences were also less intense than at Frankfurt.
The attack on Frankfurt was the first tactical operation made on a German town which has in the last two years been a frequent target for strategic bombing. New of the congested railway yards there was received at Bomber Command headquarters some hours after an attack on Stuttgart had been arranged, and at once his further attack was put in hand.
Among the Lancasters which went to Frankfurt was “B-Bake,” which was making its 102nd operation.

[missing letter]he Garman garrison in Le Havre surrendered to British troops of General Crerar’s [missing letter]anadian First Army yesterday after an all-out assault which began on Sunday evening.
[missing letters]is view of Le Havre, taken from Ste. Adresse, shows part of the harbour with the Seine estuary beyond.


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