German tragedy of destiny







Hannover was an important railway junction, it accommodated significant industrial plants (rubber, machinery) and also had the misfortune to be situated on the road to Berlin. Accordingly, the city was bombed frequently and heavily, in particular on


12 May 1940,

2 February 1941,

10 February 1941,

23 September 1943,

27/28 September 1943,

9 October 1943,

19 October 1943,

5/6 January 1945


The most destructive attacks were made on 27/28 September 1943. At this time almost 600 machines dropped over 2,100 tons of bombs.


14 days later, on 8/9 October 1943, the work of destruction was continued with a further 1,600 tons of bombs. 250,000 people became homeless. The air raid shelters of the city on the River Leine were transformed into death traps. During these two days 1,245 people were killed.


Shortly before the war the last serious attack took place on 5/6 January 1945 with 2,300 tons of bombs.


The inner city of Hannover was almost completely destroyed, two thirds of the suburbs were laid waste.



Notice to the population for the case of air raid