One of the main targets in the non-stop Bomber Command air offensive during World War II, German city of Hamburg suffered reported attacks from British and American aircraft.
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Background: One of the main targets in the non-stop Bomber Command air offensive during World War II, German city of Hamburg suffered reported attacks from British and American aircraft.
One night alone, over 1,000 British aircraft swarmed over the German city to unload a deadly shower of bombs and incendiaries that blasted and burned the city centre.
Like Cologne, Hamburg emerged from the world-wide conflict a mass of rubble and stone with it's people living in cellars and hovels among the ruins.
Now war has come to Hamburg again.
Years after the last bomb fall on the city, workmen were still clearing the ground for the rebuilding programme, and, on September 13, a group of them discovered an unexploded bomb close to a new apartment building.
A special police squad was called to dispose of the 500 pound bomb, but, as they carefully tackled the fuse, it started to function again. Although the policemen fled immediately, the mechanism set the charge and the bomb blew up - critically injuring a number of the squad.
Within seconds all the horrors of war-time Germany had returned. Families gazed through shattered walls and windows; tiles crashed to the ground; fire engines rushed through the city; and hundreds of windows were blown in.
One bright note in this sudden disaster - nobody was killed.