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Goebbels diary, Jul , . Goebbels’ secretary Richard Otte, taking dictation the next morn- ing, thought that Goebbels might even have said fifty thousand. ii.  miles. S. Gruppenführer Kehrl, ‘Bericht des Polizeipräsidenten in Hamburg als örtlicher Luftschutzleiter über die schweren Großangriffe auf Hamburg in Juli/August ,’ Dec . . – An earlier interim figure for the Hamburg death roll was given by the Hamburg Police Headquarters Report of Sep ,  as ,. S. ’ THE DESTRUCTION OF DRESDEN  A Second Firestorm O night of the Battle of Hamburg the bombers’ loss rate had been the lowest for a year: twelve of the  bombers despatched had failed to return.

Within minutes the coastal radar station had ceased to transmit data; until the bombers came within range of the flak-batteries’ Würzburg-Dora radars, the only source of information was visual and sound identification by the Observation Corps. ‘We could hear excited voices coming from the radar cabin,’ recalls one member of the crew of an eighty-eight millimetre flak-battery located on the Harburg hills. ‘There was a wild display of flickers on their cathode-ray tubes, clouding the whole screen.

HELIGOLAND to Starboard. M. M. M. Position ‘C’. e. ’ But the rate of Window-ing was increasing as more bombers passed the ·˚ East datum line, and although at one bundle per aircraft per minute the metal foil was not being scattered as voluminously as during later stages of the war, the increasing saturation of the air space over the German Bight and Hamburg with clouds of these ‘tuned dipoles’ produced a cumulative effect on the ground defences. ‘Ahead of us we could see Hamburg,’ wrote the pilot of another Blind Marker aircraft of No  Squadron afterwards.

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