Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Germany 1940: Pforzheim
Nine weeks before the war ended, Pforzheim suffered the most devastating air raid of the entire war on the European front.
On February 23, 1945, 379 aircraft of the RAF attacked the town. In a 22-minute raid, 83 per cent of the town was destroyed and one-third of the civilian population was killed.
To this day, Pforzheim retains its place in history as the victim of the most efficient air raid ever.
After the war, no attempt was made to rebuild Pforzheim in its pre-war form. Even the post-war street grids were drawn from scratch.