"It was frosty and there was a harvest moon."
November 14, 2010 9:20 AM Subscribe
The Coventry Blitz
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was seventy years ago today. The German Luftwaffe, in an operation they codenamed "Moonlight Sonata", bombed the city for over eleven hours, killing 600, injuring a thousand, and damaging or destroying over 43,000 homes -- just over half of the existing housing stock
. The raid was so devastating that Joseph Goebbels later used the term Coventriert
("Coventrated") to describe a particularly satisfactory level of destruction.
Popular legend has it that Winston Churchill knew about the bombing in advance, but failed to warn Coventry for fear of jeopardizing the Enigma code-breaking activities at Bletchely Park
. This assertion is frequently repeated
, but modern Churchill scholars disagree
The BBC has put together 70 Stories for 70 Years
, an interactive map giving access to "stories and memories from those who lived through that life-changing night." One survivor decided this year to meet with his German counterparts
, survivors of the Dresden bombing.
Another (partial) survivor of sorts, the 14th century gothic cathedral
, was left as it was after the bombing