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Old August 22nd, 2011, 04:16 AM   #1

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History/Heritage sites destroyed in WW2 ?


How many of these sites were destroyed ? Either accidentally via bombing or purposely ?

But the only thing I've heard was that dinosaur fossils were damaged/completely destroyed (in France and Germany )
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 06:00 AM   #2

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There are bound to have been a great number of significant historical sites or artefacts destroyed due to the bombings during the Second World War. Off the top of my head, I know the cathedral at Canterbury (as well as those in Norwich and Exeter) was targetted during the Baedeker Blitz and the neo-gothic library & archives building there was destroyed. Luckily the bombs missed the cathedral itself by a whisker, otherwise I dred to think of the damage that would have been done to such a beautiful work of architecture.
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The Monastry at Monte Casino springs to mind instantly as well as the Tzar's Amber room.
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 06:56 AM   #4

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Surprising that the Eiffel Tower didn't go
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An incredible number of historical buildings, indeed whole city-centres, were destroyed, especially in Germany and Eastern Europe; the destruction of movable works of art was nto nearly as great as one might suppose, because they were put into safe storage.
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Among other things, they had excavated Caligulas floating palaces from a lake (evidently Musilini wanted to be the new Caligula). They were destroyed in fighting and the US and Germans each blamed the other.
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All cities- Warsaw, Dresden, Stalingrad, for instance
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 06:25 PM   #8

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Surprising that the Eiffel Tower didn't go
The allies didnt put much effort into bombing Paris because first it was technically an allied capital and DeGaulle would have had a fit, second they could destroy German war production more efficiently using the resistance than by bombing.

The Germans did have a plan to destroy many French landmarks and historical sites as well as major bridges when they retreated both to delay allied advances and hamper their use of Paris as a base but also as a departing 'up yours' to the French people. General Von Choltitz the German commander decided to disobey the order, possibly because he respected french history, because he knew the war was coming to an end and he didnt want to end it on a rope or possibly because he had too little men and explosives to do the job.
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Little-known fact - Pompeii was hit surprisingly hard by Allied bombardments, and parts of it were used for German munitions storage. The present-day restaurant on the site is built over what used to be an insula city block north of the forum, but one that was utterly pulverised beyond reconstruction during the War. WW2 shrapnel is one of the most common types of "finds" made by modern archaeologists working in the town.
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 06:45 PM   #10

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Coventry's medieval cathedral also got mashed up during the Blitz. Apparently, it used to be a beautiful town before then ...
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