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16th April 1941

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Events On This Day

Blenheim bombers attacked Heligoland and aerodrome at Berck-sur-Mer. Heavy night attack on Bremen, other North German towns and on Brest docks.

The war against Italy, Enemy attacks on Tobruk repulsed. British patrol made successful sorties, capturing many prisoners and destroying 20 tanks. Fort Capuzzo bombarded by Navy. Punishing attacks by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) on enemy troops and landing grounds in Cyrenaica. Heavy night raid on Tripoli shipping and harbour buildings.

Massive Luftwaffe force of raiders made seven-hour indiscriminate attack on London. Heavy casualties and much damage. Six Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed.

In the Balkans, Big battle in Macedonia. Wehrmacht units crossed Vistritsa at two points. Servia occupied. Advance continued towards Kalabaka.

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Holborn Viaduct Picture

Holborn Viaduct, one of Londons most famous thorough fares, is now to be seen very much as it was when it was built between 1867 and 1869, since the demolitions and clearances made necessary by the Luftwaffe bombing of last spring on 16-17 April 1941, have revealed the great arches on which it rests. Prominent in the photograph is the gutted City Temple, the Cathedral of Nonconformity as it has been called next it is the shell of St. Andrew's, Holborn while in the foreground is the debris of the buildings on the north side of the Viaduct, east of Hatton Garden.
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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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