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Halberstadt is an ancient town in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

On April 8th, 1945, with American troops just a few miles away, and, therefore, the end of the war for this quaint half-timbered town of Halberstadt, it was vindictively destroyed in a daytime air attack by the US Army Air Force heavy bombers. Nearly 2,500 people were killed by the 'werewolf' bombs, and around 25,000 were made homeless. Over 82% of Halberstadt was destroyed in the air raid.[1] When American soldiers occupied the town two days later, the beautiful thriving community that existed just 48 hours earlier was nothing but smoking ruins.


  • Hartmann, Werner, Halberstadt brennt published 1990.