Bombing of Hanau in World War II


Bombing of Hanau in World War II

Hanau, Germany, the birthplace of the Grimm Brothers, had a long and vibrant heritage. It was bombed by British bombers on 19 March 1945 during World War II, a few days before it was taken by the US Army. 85% of the city was destroyed. Hanau lost its old monuments, and the medieval section of the city was levelled. The ancient castle, arsenal, city theater and the birthhouse of the Grimm brothers were destroyed. Only half of the Walloon church still stands today.

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