Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
If you should be in Berlin today, of Friday November 22nd, do not be alarmed when at 7.30PM many church bells start tolling.
Exactly 70 years ago, on November 22nd 1943 at exactly the same time, at 7.30 PM another dreaded air-raid hit Berlin. This time it left almost the whole of the old City West. The RAF bombers left Spandau, Tiergarten, Schöneberg and Charlottenburg in ruins.
The bombs hit the now famous memorial of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche) in Breitscheidplatz, Schloss Charlottenburg, the department store KaDeWe, the bigger part of Berlin Zoo and Zoo Station and thousands of houses. More than 2,000 people died that night in German Capital. Tens of thousands (estimated 175,000) were left without a roof over their heads.
It was the most effective RAF raid on Berlin ever.
German capital was paying the debt for Coventry, Norwich, London, Warsaw and only too many other cities raided by Luftwaffe before and after that night.
It was one of approximately 330 air-raids on Berlin during WW2.