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August 8, 1941

Discussion in '"Today in History", Literature & Media Review' started by Martin Antonenko, Aug 8, 2022.

  1. Martin Antonenko A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    The first Soviet bombs hit Berlin!


    In the early morning hours of August 8, 1941, the first Soviet bombs fell on the German capital of Berlin!

    Ten DB-3 bombers...

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    ... which belong to the "Special Group of the 1st Mine and Torpedo Squadron of the Baltic Fleet Air Force" under Lieutenant General Semyon Shavoronkov...

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    ... have taken off from the airport on the island of Saaremaa the night before...

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    ... appear at 1:30 a.m. over Berlin and each drop five 100-kilo type "FAB-100" high-explosive bombs...:

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    The bombs of the group led by Captain A. Ya. Jefremow...

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    ... only cause minor damage to property, there are no casualties...:

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    However, the attack has great symbolic and political-propagandistic significance for the Soviet population...:

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    For comparison:
    The first German bombing raid on Moscow on June 22, 1941 was carried out with 127 bombers dropping 104 tons of high-explosive and 46,000 incendiary bombs.

    The Berliners are still lucky...
  2. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    I can only imagine the feelings on both sides during this happening

    Thanks Martin

    Nap

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