As the Second World War came closer to its end, German soldiers gathered to defend the Bavarian town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber on the 31st of March, 1945.
The town, considered a model of idyllic Nazi life and used as an example for people across Germany, was bombed by sixteen Allied planes that day. Thirty-seven people were killed, and there was significant damage to structures, including the loss of hundreds of homes, half a dozen public buildings, and hundreds of metres of the historic wall.
Even considering the extensive damage, the Allies were aware of Rothenburg’s historical significance and limited the attack in a way they did not with other targets.
Today the town has been carefully reconstructed, and is a popular tourist destination that makes up part of the famed Romantic Road.
27th March 1945: Citizens of Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark, watch as a train explodes on a bridge. Communist group BOPA, who operated from 1942-45, had packed the train with 150 kilograms of explosives.
Denmark was under Nazi occupation at the time, and the country was not liberated until the 5th of May the same year.
The seaside resort of Hornsea in East Riding of Yorkshire, England was devastated by storms in March of 1906. The timber defences along the coastline were destroyed, and much of the beach was swept away.
Around 1907 work began on a new seawall. It can be seen completed in the second image, taken in 1910.
This image, dated the 14th of March, 1942, shows a train of soldiers of the 7th Division being welcomed home by women and children in the suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia. They had just disembarked from His Majesty’s Transport Orcades and were returning from fighting in the Middle East.