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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
July 24: Operation Gomorrah
On this date in History ... July 24, 1943: Operation Gomorrah is launched. Britain begins bombing
Hamburg Germany by night and the US bombs it by day. 30,000 Germans were
killed & 280,000 buildings were destroyed.
The effect on Hitler was
significant. He refused to visit the burned out cities as “the ruins of the
city bespoke nothings but the end of the war for him.” Out of the 791 British
aircraft, only 12 were lost due to a new radar jamming device named
“Window”. Strips of aluminum foil were
dropped by bombers on their way to the bombing sites, confusing German radar
who thought the strips were dozens and dozens of aircraft. This confusion
diverted the German defense away from the actual bombing targets.