The Bombing of Germany

PBS’ American Experience presents The Bombing of Germany, an excellent documentary on the American and British bombing of Germany in WWII with extensive color footage and veteran interviews.

The documentary is also available on Hulu.

FW-190 near Frankfurt

U.S. Brig. Gen. George C. McDonald stands in front of a German FW-190 fighter captured near Frankfurt, Germany. (U.S. Air Force Photo)

Luftwaffe Fw 190 Black-and-white Photo 1945

U.S. Air Force Photo


Captured sPzAbt. 506 Tiger II at Gereonsweiler

Video of captured Tiger II of sPzAbt. 506 at Gereonsweiler, Germany in 1945:

Transcript: At Gereonsweiler, a knocked out King Tiger tank is put back into working order. With the help of a wrecker, the turret is forced into line by men of Company B, 129th Ordnance Maintenance Battalion, 7th Armored Division. The King Tiger tank weighs approximately 72 tons. It has 34 inch wide treads which spread the great weight over a large area. Top speed: 20 mph. Armor: up to 6 inches thick. It mounts the vaunted 88mm gun whose barrel is more than 21 feet long. The rebuilt tank will be used to familiarize our troops with the enemy weapon.

Maps of the European Fronts, April 1945

Map of Allied front lines in Europe in April 1945 from Newsmap, April 23, 1945.

WW2 Europe Map of War Fronts in April 1945

Liepzig was outflanked, Dresden threatened, and to the north the Elbe River was crossed despite stiff resistance. Allied airpower was smashing the Luftwaffe impotent from lack of fuel.

Vienna Taken -- WW2 Map -- April 1945

Two Soviet Armies liberated Vienna, and on the heels of this southern victory, Adolph Hitler told his people, the Red Army drive on Berlin had begun. Moscow remained silent, as of 17 April.

WW2 Italian Offensive Map

The Italian front was no longer static, both the Fifth and the Eighth Allied Armies taking the offensive. American troops took Vergato, while Eighth Army forces swept up Highway Nine through Imola toward Bologna.


120mm Granatwerfer 42 Mortar

U.S. troops demonstrate a captured Granatwerfer 42 (12cm GrW 42) German heavy mortar on the First Army Front in Echtz, near Duren, Germany.


WWII Bomb Explodes in Göttingen, Germany

A WWII bomb exploded in the German city of Göttingen while being disarmed by a bomb disposal team, killing three and seriously injuring two other members of the bomb disposal team. Göttingen experienced a number of Allied bombing attacks during WWII, but the majority of the town was not heavily damaged.