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  1. Probably one of the most accurate books on the Firestorm over Hamburg was by Hans Brunswig, who was head of the Hamburg Fire Department during the war. Another recommendable work is by Martin Middelbrook. In 1993 a video film appeared to commemorate what happened in July 1943, This had been a tv-documentary and was made widely availabe on a video. Casualties were later estimated at between 42.000 and 55.000, over a million were homeless. On Saturday, the 24th July 1943 the Royal Air Force flew a massive bombing mission against the City of Hamburg under the codename "Operation Gomorrha", which made history as the Firestorm. Over 700 bombers with thousands of tons of high explosives and incendiaries turned many quarters of the city into a vast waste of rubble and debris. Within ten days over four attacks were flown - at least 35.000 people were killed, 25.000 wounded and a million were made homeless. On the 24th July an intensive Summer heat lay over Hamburg. The evening brought little relief. Shortly after midnight, at 0.33 local time, the howl of sirens broke the silence of the night. "Fliegeralarm!" Near by High Wycombe, the staff officers of Bomber Command stood bent over their maps. Three hours previously 791 bombers had taken off from their airfields, Operation Gomorrha had begun. At 23.55 hours the formation passes the town of Büsum on the Holstein coast, penetrating German airspace. 67 minutes later, the first bombs are falling on the Hanseatic City.
  2. Usually under the Leitung of Helmut Stegmüller, left
  3. In the fomer City of Altona, now a part of Hamburg, is a memorial on the waterfront of the River Elbe commemorating the Austrian naval personnel of the k.und k. Kriegsmarine, who perished in the naval battle against the Danes off the Island of Helgoland in the War of 1864. The Austrian commander was Wilhelm von Tegetthoff. The memorial was errected using funds donated by the citizens of Hamburg. The memorial shows the Imperial Austrian crest with a dedication. Photo taken in Summer 2008. Memorial to Austrian soldiers and seamen, who died in the war hospitals in Altona, 1866. On the wall of St. Joseph's Church in Altona. St. Joseph in Altona (now Hamburg) - the oldest and most historical - Baroque - catholic church in Northern Germany, built 1718-1723 on order of the Kaiserlicher Gesandte des Heiligen Römischen Reiches in Hamburg, Graf Christoph Ernst Fuchs von Bimbach. The Ossuarium in the Krypta has been reopened for visitors in the past few years. The church was completely restored in the later post-war years.
  4. 76er Memorial in Hamburg-Dammtor 1914 1918 This memorial for 1914-18 for Infanterie-Regiment Hamburg (2.Hanseatisches) No. 76 was errected in 1936. The artist involved was the well known sculptor and architect Richard Kuöhl. The monument has been a point of much controversy in the post WW2 years, and was often damaged and daubbed with paint in the 1970s till mid 1990s by left wing protesters.. Some of the figures around the friese, a marching column of field grey figures, have lost various parts, edges of helmets, noses, bayonets, fingers, etc. Pure wanton vandalism in all. Nearby is also a bronze plate in memory of the casualties of Panzergrenadier Regiment 76 for WW2 nearby an anti-war memorial was errected by Alternatives and Antifascists, otherwise there was much talk of removing all memorials. Hamburg Infantry Regiment 76 saw much action in WWI, in all, 40.000 citizens of Hamburg, serving also in other units, were casualties of the Great War. The regiment, together with its Reserve.Inf.-Regt.76 lost over 6.000. In 1914, in Belgium and at Langemarck, later on the Somme (July 1916), Guillemont and Combles. A large number of the casualties lie in Sallumines in France (Ehrenfriedhof des IX. Armee Korps), others at the German cemetery in Langemarck. Listed on a stone wall errected near the main memorial are following: Lüttich, Mons, Marne, Ourcq, Moulins s.T., Les Eparges, Somme, Arras, Flandern, Cambrai, Grosse Schlacht (March 1918), Monchy-Bapaume, Valenciennes and for R.I.R.76: Noyon, Bouvraignes, Souchez, Givenchy, Somme, La Bassée, Somme, Ypern, Arras, Flandern, Kemmel, Canay sur Matz, Le Câteau, The next photo shows a typical Hamburg scene, taken over the Alster (the great lake) in mid January 2005 at sunset. This shows the city silhouette, the spires of the Town Hall and main churches and a few building cranes. A lot has changed since 2005. Inscription: Deutschland muß leben und wenn wir sterben müssen
  5. Various Memorials For a good ten years, an artist from the alternative scene has been busy in almost every German city. He has made a so-called Stolperstein to put into the pavement in front of every house, where someone, had been deported and murdered, either in Auschwitz or elsewhere. Each stone is square and of solid brass. It bears the name, date of birth and fate of each victim of those times. The artist is Gunter Demnig, and he is funded or supported by local communities, where these "stones" have been placed. There has been very much publicity about these projects, whereas many citizens simply ignore these symbolic stones or pay little attention, apart from a few polical activists or perhaps the relatives of those victims. Hamburg alone has now well over 5000 of these stones, and otherwise every major German city also has it*s share, including even smaller localities. This is something you won't find in any other country worldwide. As Kaiser Wilhelm would have said, "Das gibt's nur in Deutschland, kein Volk dieser Erde macht uns das nach..." Stolperstein is difficult to translate . Stolpern means to trip over something, Stein is stone, they are in fact, made of brass More information can be found on this theme in Wikipedia. I have now seen that there are well over 60.000 of these stones all over Germany. Shown are some typical examples in the illustrations following.
  6. During the siege of Hamburg in the hunger Winter of 1814, Napoléons troops under the command of Marshall Davoust expelled the citizens of Hamburg and Barmbeck outside the gates of the city. Without shelter and food, many of those citizens died. The memorial depicted was errected on the burial grounds in a small park in Barmbeck in the year 1817. The number of persons buried here is 50.
  7. The Kaiser Wilhelm I statue was errected after 1871 in front of Altona Town Hall, nearby the river Elbe.
  8. This memorial was errected after the Franco-Prussian War on the West edge of the Alster, not far ftom the American Consulate. The statue group in bronze depicts a wounded Ulan and the horse, which has collapsed under him, behind him stands a symbolic angel. Around the red granite plinth of the group are bronze plaques with the names of those who fell, whilst serving with Hamburg's Infanterie-Regiment 76, which had been raised in 1867.
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