The Blitz

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The Blitz

Surprisingly some of Swansea's oldest buildings, the Castle, Swansea Museum, the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery survived. However the town's commercial heart was razed with the Ben Evans' store flattened and the Victorian market ruined. St. Mary's church was also destroyed.

THE BLITZ

THE BLITZ

The Swansea Blitz was the heavy and sustained bombing of Swansea by the Luftwaffe of Nazi Germany on 19–21 February 1941.Swansea was selected as a legitimate target due to its importance as a port and docks and the oil refinery just beyond and its destruction was key to Nazi German war efforts as part of their strategic bombing campaign aimed at crippling coal export and demoralising civilians and emergency services.

More than 30,000 incendiary bombs and 800 high-explosive bombs rained down on Swansea killing 230 residents, injuring 409 more and destroying or damaging more than 11,000 buildings.

It was a snowy night on the 19th February 1941 when the German Luftwaffe began their three night attack on the costal city

The Swansea Blitz was the heavy and sustained bombing of Swansea by the Luftwaffe of Nazi Germany on 19 - 21 February 1941.

The Blitz

Swansea's port area was a major target for the German hombres, as the Nazis looked to hinder coal exports and demoralise residents.

I went to the hilltop, the most appalling sight hit me, there were leaping flames over the whole stretch of Swansea.

There was only rubble. I couldn't find anyone. The town was all flat

More than 30,000 incendiary bombs and 800 high-explosive bombs rained down on Swansea killing 230 residents, injuring 409 more and destroying or damaging more than 11,000 buildings.

The belief that Wales was too far west to be of interest to German bombers was unfounded.

Swansea's Day Blitz

There was awful sound of crackling, ignited buildings over the town and a horrendous smell of burning.

Flames could be seen as far as Cornwall!

Incendiary bombs as well as high explosives were dropped over Swansea

Water mains destroyed


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