(Article not mine, fresh - 10/28/13, here)
Only 100 kilometers from the border with the Finnish region of Pechenga, Murmansk and its communications during the war were constantly subjected to Nazi air raids. The task of the Luftwaffe was to disrupt transport hub, providing the delivery of technology, weapons and materials under Lend-Lease. Only June 18, 1942 at Murmansk were dropped 12,000 bombs, the city burnt down more than 600 wooden buildings. Overall, from June 1941 to October 1944 the city was committed 792 air attack (8244 sorties). Cleared 200 thousand incendiary bombs and about 7000 high-explosive bombs weighing from 250 to 1000 kg. It destroyed or burned down more than 1,500 houses (75% of the housing), 437 industrial and office buildings (two-thirds of all industrial enterprises). Thus, the total number of bombs dropped on the city of Murmansk is second only to Stalingrad.
Fire in Murmansk on the avenue Stalin after the German air raids. 1942. Source: Archives of EMERCOM of Russia in the Murmansk region.
Fire brigade in Murmansk extinguish a burning house after an air raid. Summer 1942. Source: Archives of EMERCOM of Russia in the Murmansk region.
Last minute after a raid by German aircraft built railway station Murmansk. Summer 1942. Source: Archives of EMERCOM of Russia in the Murmansk region.
Facade of the House of Culture named after Kirov, bombing destroyed
Downed German heavy fighter Messerschmitt Bf 110 in the backyard of the House of Culture named after Kirov.
Destroyed during the raid enemy aircraft building in Murmansk. Photo by Robert Diament. Winter 1942-43.
German aerial photograph from 1 July 1942 are clearly visible bombing devastated neighborhoods Murmansk (outlined in phantom).
UPD my note: Please note, July 42, and the city anyway lasted until the end of the war
Air balloon barrage on the avenue Stalin in Murmansk. Source: Archive Popova. Photo K. Moses. 1943
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