DISINFO: The Red Army didn't want to bomb citizens of Tallinn, it just missed it's mark
  • Outlet: Sputnik Estonia (archived)*
  • Date of publication: September 23, 2019
  • Outlet language(s): Estonian
  • Reported in: Issue 165
  • Countries / regions discussed: Estonia
World War 2

DISINFO: The Red Army didn't want to bomb citizens of Tallinn, it just missed it's mark


Nowadays it’s common to say that the Red Army bombed Tallinn. But actually they bombed the harbour where the enemy was and it’s really close to the city. It has nothing to do with willful destroying, killing the citizens of the city.


On March 9, 1944, the Soviet Air Forces dropped 3,068 bombs on Tallinn. The bomb raid included 300 Soviet planes that dropped explosive as well as incendiary bombs, did heavy damage to the city center and completely destroyed much of the city’s suburbs, which were mainly built of wood. As saboteurs had blown up the fire brigades’ pumping stations, fighting the fires proved near to impossible. 757 people were killed immediately, 659 injured. More than 20,000 lost their homes. The damage to military installations or factories crucial to the German war effort was minimal.


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