What was the Baedeker Blitz?

The Baedeker Blitz or Baedeker raids were a series of reprisal raids for the bombing of the erstwhile Hanseatic League city of Lubeck during World War II, which was being used to supply the Russian front.

The Baedeker Blitz was conducted by the German Luftwaffe between April and June 1942. It targeted strategically unimportant but picturesque cities in England. The cities were reputedly selected from the German Baedeker tourist Guide to Britain.

1,637 civilians were killed and 1,760 injured during the raids on these five towns, and over 50,000 houses were destroyed.

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