Bombing of Berlin in World War II

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Bombing of Berlin in World War II

Berlin, then the capital of Nazi Germany, was subject to 363 air raids during the Second World War. [3]Prelude [ edit ]When the Second World War began in 1939, the President of the United States (then a neutral power), Franklin D. Roosevelt, issued a request to the major belligerents to confine their air raids to military targets. [8]Between 1939 and 1942, the policy of bombing only targets of direct military significance was gradually abandoned in favour of \"area bombing\" — large-scale bombing of German cities to destroy housing and civilian infrastructure. [14][15]The Soviet Union started a bombing campaign on Berlin on 8 August 1941 that extended into early September. Even before the war, work had begun on an extensive system of public air raid shelters, but by 1939 only 15% of the planned 2,000 shelters had been built.

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