The big city on the
Dutch-Belgian border which, during its history, never
experienced the destruction of war, was attacked rather
early, in the spring of 1940.
The bombings became
more and more intense in the following months and years.
The most serious
attacks took place on
8 December 1941,
14 July 1943,
24 December 1943 (Christmas
12 April 1944.
were the attacks of July 1943 with 374 bombers resulting
in nearly 300 dead and the attacks of December 1943 and
newspaper on bombing of Aachen
On 12 April 1944
42,800 fire and 4,047 explosive bombs destroyed the city
of Aachen, killing 1,525 people, including 212 children.
The Cathedral, the
Imparial Palace and many other cultural monuments were
destroyed. Together with the suburbs 65 percent of the
city was razed to the ground.
In the conquest of
the city in October 1944 the ruins were once again
strafed by massive air and artillery attacks.
showing the capture of Aachen