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WW2. Why was Reading Berkshire not targeted ?

This is a discussion on WW2. Why was Reading Berkshire not targeted ? within the Military Strategy and Tactics forum, part of the Global Defense & Military category; Apart from a very small handful of bombs, Reading in Berkshire was a safe haven during WW2 and this has ...


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Old August 13th, 2009   #1
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WW2. Why was Reading Berkshire not targeted ?

Apart from a very small handful of bombs, Reading in Berkshire was a safe haven during WW2 and this has remained a puzzle, since it had a very large and strategic railway junction and marshalling yards and was the centre of considerable industry, particularly in aviation.

As a resident of that town I only remember the rumours. Did Hitler have relatives living there, was it the HQ for German infiltrators or a third column, was it to become the German capital of England after they had flattened London and invaded ? Maybe German command wished to avoid any possible damage to the railway system to enable them to distribute troops and equipment across Britain during an invasion?

If any information about German bombing strategy has come to light that can explain this puzzle I would be most interested to know.
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