Evacuees during the WWII in Germany passing through a bomb damaged infrastructures, 1944. - Reprint

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Evacuees during the WWII in Germany passing through a bomb damaged infrastructures, 1944. Bomb damage German Civilians escape embattled aachen. A long column of German civilians who escaped Aachenm Germany, pass razed homes and piles of debris on the outskirts of the city, under siege by first U.S. army forces. By October 14, 1944, approximately 3,000 civilians had crawled from their cellars and risked death by shells, hand grenades and bombs to reach the saftey of American airlines. The Battle of Aachen was a major combat action of World War II, fought by American and German forces in and around Aachen, Germany, between 2–21 October 1944. The city had been incorporated into the Siegfried Line, the main defensive network on Germany's western border; the Allies had hoped to capture it quickly and advance into the industrialized Ruhr Basin. Although most of Aachen's civilian population was evacuated before the battle began, much of the city was destroyed and both sides suffered heavy losses. It was one of the largest urban battles fought by U.S. forces in World War II, and the first city on German soil to be captured by the Allies. The battle ended with a German surrender, but their tenacious defense significantly disrupted Allied plans for the advance into Germany.[2]

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