Contrary to the popular myths that ‘Luftwaffe bombers circled round looking for trains to follow, or chinks of light peeping through poor blackout's* the target maps below graphically illustrate just how meticulous the Luftwaffe was in its efforts to understand their objectives over enemy soil. Every attack on the UK was planned down to the last detail. Each crew had their assigned target area/s with their appropriate levels of fuel, bomb loads & types, arranged to suit their intended targets; even times over target areas were planned. Target maps, along with photographs, were issued to all Luftwaffe bomber crews prior to their mission.

The maps below are 2 examples of such planning, drawn up by the Luftwaffe during January 1942, identifying targets within the city of Leicester. Primary targets were outlined in red, Secondary targets in purple & optional targets were marked with symbols.


Stadtplan von Leicester
mit Mil,-Geo,-Eintragungen
GB 6, BB 17f
15.1.1942

Stadtplan von Leicester
MIT Mil,-Geo,-Eintragungen
GB 6, BB 17g
15.1.1942
 
* Even contemporary reports by the A.R.P. concluded that certain raids were the result of poor black-out's.



Hits since 22/8/2001