9 fascinating facts about the Sheffield Blitz

Sheffield city centre sustained massive damage during the German air raids in December 1940
Sheffield city centre sustained massive damage during the German air raids in December 1940
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This December will see the 75th anniversary of the Sheffield Blitz.

Here are nine fascinating facts about the German bombing raids on the city...

* The Sheffield Blitz took place over two nights, the 12th and 15th December 1940

* More than 280 German aircraft took part in the raids

* Sheffield city centre was badly damaged on the 12th December raid

* Around 70 civilians who were seeking shelter in the Marples Hotel in Fitzallan Square on the night of the 12th were killed when the building received a direct hit from a 500lb Luftwaffe bomb

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* In total 660 people were killed during the two nights of bombing of the city

* In addition to those killed, around 1500 people were injured

* 40,000 Sheffielders were made homeless

* 78,000 homes were damaged

* 3,000 homes were so bady damaged that they had to be totally demolished