Saturday, April 16, 2011

On April 16

On this day in ...
... 1941 (70 years ago today), "as the people of Belfast enjoyed the remains of the Easter holiday," about 200 German airplanes took off from airfields in France and headed north. In the bombardment that ensued, Belfast "was devastated as it bore the worst air raid" by Axis powers against "any city outside London." Raids continued, and in April and May 1,200 persons lost their lives in the bombings and consequent fires; buildings were destroyed (photo credit); and a "hundred thousand people became refugees after the blitz."

(Prior April 16 posts are
here, here, and here, and here.)

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