First Bomb in Berlin

First Bomb in Berlin


The first bomb dropped in Berlin during World War Two, the only real casualty was an elephant in Berlin Zoo.


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The Berlin Zoo had nine elephants at the beginning of WWII. The Indian elephant bull called Siam was the only pachyderm to survive the Allied bombing raids. The first one was killed in 1940, and then the bombs that fell in 1944 killed seven more, leaving Siam all alone in what was left of his enclosure.

The summer of 1940 marked the beginning of the so-called “Strategic Bombing” of Berlin. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill hoped to eke away German civilian morale by flattening the German capital.

However, the first attack on the night of August 26, 1940, by the Royal Air Force was a military disaster. Six of their fifty bombers crashed, a woodshed in a Berlin suburb was destroyed, only two Germans were slightly injured and the only real casualty was an elephant in the Berlin Zoo.


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