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ⓘ Bombing of Nijmegen




Bombing of Nijmegen
                                     

ⓘ Bombing of Nijmegen

The Bombing of Nijmegen was an unplanned aerial bombing raid by the United States Army Air Forces on the city of Nijmegen in the Netherlands, then occupied by Nazi Germany. In terms of the number of victims, it was one of the largest bombardments of a Dutch city during World War II. Officially, nearly 800 people were killed by accident due to careless bombing, but because people that were in hiding could not be counted, the actual death toll is probably higher. A large part of the historic city centre was destroyed, including Saint Stevens Church. Saint Augustines Church and Nijmegen railway station were heavily damaged as well.

Because the Dutch government in exile in London, which was able to recover himself on the continent in early 1945, the U.S. army and other allies of the war effort, tried to avoid criticism of the country, he relies on his release and future security, and local authorities were mostly quiet about the unfortunate events for decades after, leaving the survivors with grief and questions, and allows wild conspiracy theories to flourish. Although officials have long maintained she was mistaken bombing, as if the NEC was the wrong goal, historical research showed that the attack was deliberate for sure, but it was executed terribly.