Belfast Blitz

The Belfast Blitz was the name given to a series of devastating aerial attacks on Northern Ireland's capital by the German Luftwaffe in April and May 1941.

Bombs on Belfast

The Belfast Blitz was a series of 4 Luftwaffe air raids over the city of Belfast, Co. Antrim in April and May 1941. Luftwaffe pilots had identified strategic targets across the Northern Ireland capital.

These reconnaissance flights had taken place as early as November 1940. As well as industrial and military targets, residential areas suffered. The effects of the devastation caused by German bombs would last for many years to come.

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Belfast Blitz: A city unprepared for war

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7th March 2018

Belfast, a city unprepared for war was devastated by the Luftwaffe in 1941. A weak government and insufficient defences were among the contributing factors.

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Belfast Blitz: A viable Luftwaffe target

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30th November 2017

On 30th November 1940, a German plane flew a solo reconnaissance flight over Belfast, Co. Antrim proving the city to be an under-defended Luftwaffe target.

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Belfast Blitz: Sheila the Elephant

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7th March 2018

In 1941, as the Belfast Blitz unfolded, a remarkable story was taking place at Belfast Zoo. This is the story of Sheila the Elephant and her keeper Denise.

The Belfast Blitz of 1941

On 7th April 1941, the first Nazi Luftwaffe bombs fell on Belfast. They ravaged the shipyards and docks but much worse was to come later that month.

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Belfast Blitz: The Docks Raid

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7th March 2018

War came to Belfast on 7th-8th April 1941. This event in Belfast's history became known as The Docks Raid, part of what would come to be The Belfast Blitz.

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Belfast Blitz: The Easter Raid

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7th March 2018

On 15th-16th April 1941, Belfast, Co. Antrim came under ferocious attack from the Luftwaffe as the city endured The Easter Raid of the Belfast Blitz.

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Belfast Blitz: The Fire Raid

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5th March 2018

On the night of 4th-5th May 1941, Luftwaffe bombers unleashed The Fire Raid of the Belfast Blitz destroying much of the east, north, and the city centre.

Devastation across the City

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Belfast Blitz: Bombs on Belfast City Centre

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6th February 2019

In April and May 1941, Luftwaffe bombs on Belfast City Centre tore the heart out of the industrial city in what would become known as the Belfast Blitz.

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Belfast Blitz: Bombs on North Belfast

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6th February 2019

In the Belfast Blitz raids of 1941, Luftwaffe bombs on North Belfast caused widespread devastation and loss of life among both Protestants and Catholics.

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Belfast Blitz: Bombs on East Belfast

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6th February 2019

Luftwaffe bombs on East Belfast fell on the industrial heart of the city and surrounding residential areas during the Belfast Blitz of April and May 1941.

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The Aftermath

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Belfast Blitz: The German Reaction

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12th August 2019

The German reaction to the Belfast Blitz was one of great joy among the Luftwaffe pilots but Nazi officials were careful not to provoke American military.