Osnabrueck from above: Aerial view after Allied air raids in World War II

Osnabrueck from above: Aerial view after Allied air raids in World War II

February 24, 2020

Following the Nazis' seizure of power in January 1933, Osnabrueck was subjected to the implementation of National Socialist economic programs. These resulted in economic growth. Osnabrueck was therefore well known for its industry. Numerous companies in the automobile, paper, steel and grocery sectors were located in the city and its surrounding area.

The war ended for Osnabrueck on 4 April 1945, when the Montgomery's Second Army entered the city with little resistance. By the end of the war the city had been extensively bombed and required major reconstructive programs following the war's end. After World War II, Osnabrueck was also the home of the largest British garrison outside the United Kingdom.

Osnabrueck from above: Aerial view after Allied air raids in World War II

Osnabrueck from above: Aerial view after Allied air raids in World War II

Osnabrueck from above: Aerial view after Allied air raids in World War II

Osnabrueck from above: Aerial view after Allied air raids in World War II

Osnabrueck from above: Aerial view after Allied air raids in World War II

Osnabrueck from above: Aerial view after Allied air raids in World War II

Osnabrueck from above: Aerial view after Allied air raids in World War II

Osnabrueck from above: Aerial view after Allied air raids in World War II


Trolley Mission

This website tells the story of an extraordinary sightseeing tour of Germany at the end of the European War (Second World War). These “Trolley Missions” were low-level flights over Germany between 7 May 1945 and 12 May 1945. Sometimes these missions are also called “Low Level Mission”, “Low Level Tours” or “Cook’s Tours”. During these flights across Europe and Germany aerial photographs were taken showing the destruction of German cities.