Bombing of Vicarage Terrace in WW2


In 1940, the German Luftwaffe tried to bomb Cambridge, and it looks as if the bombers wanted to destroy part of the travel infastructure with Marshalls airport and the Cambridge train station.  As it happened, because of the blackouts where homes and business had covered all their windows to blot out light, they often missed their targets. Vicarage Terrace in Petersfield, around the corner from St Matthew's Church is the site of one of the most devestating bombs to hit Cambridge during the Second World War.  At the time, it was thought that the lantern at the top of the Church was mistaken for the traffic control tower at the airport.  It may well have been the first bombing raid in East Anglia to cause civilian deaths. Do please download the pdf or full powerpoint presentation illustrating this subject of Cambridge's experience of World War II and the case study of the bombing of the Cambridge railway bridge on Mill Road and the civilian homes at Vicarage Terrace taken from local newspapers at the time, which you will find super useful for a class:


In the 1940s, the Luftwaffe (German Airforce) wanted to destroy factories and stop troops and goods from using the railway and the airport in Cambirdge, to help them overpower the British miliary and infrastructure, in order tha they could invade.

Bombing of Vicarage Terrace in WW2


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