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20/08/2012

Würzburg



When we drove back to Denmark from our summer home in Piemont, Italy, we decided to break the trip in two and stay over in Würzburg. We found a lovely little hotel a couple of hundred meters from the Old Main Bridge to the old city centre. As you can see on the first photo its a gorgeous old bridge and many locals was having a glas of wine various places in the bridge. In photo two you can see the Fortress Marienberg. Next year we will play our stay over so we get enough time to take a closer look at this lovely city.

The following text is from Wikipedia:

On 16 March 1945, about 90% of the city full of civilians was destroyed in 17 minutes by 225 British Lancaster bombers during a World War II air raid. All of the city's churches, cathedrals, and other monuments were heavily damaged or destroyed. The city center, which dated from medieval times, was totally destroyed in a firestorm in which 5,000 people perished. Over the next 20 years, the buildings of historical importance were painstakingly and accurately replicated. The citizens who rebuilt the city immediately after the end of the war were mostly women – Trümmerfrauen ("rubble women") – because the men were either dead or taken prisoner of war. In comparison, Würzburg was destroyed to a larger extent than was Dresden in a firebombing the previous month.
On April 3, 1945, Würzburg was attacked by the US 12th Armored Division and US 42nd Infantry Division in a series of frontal assaults masked by smokescreens. The battle continued until the final German resistance was defeated 5 April 1945.[6]After the war, Würzburg was host to the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division1st Infantry Division, U.S. Army Hospital and various other U.S. military units that maintained a presence in Germany. The U.S. units were withdrawn from Würzburg in 2008, bringing an end to over 60 years of U.S. military presence in Würzburg.

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