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Post 10: The hospital

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The hospital with a direct hit in second floor.
It became clear quite early that the hospital was a major target for the German planes, because of the heavy bombing it was exposed to. Alternately it became this hard hit because it functioned as a kind of landmark: the bombing was to be carried out from the west until reaching the hospital in the east. One might then imagine that the planes dropped the rest of their cargo of bombs over the hospital.

Right after outbreak of the war April 9, four large red crosses on white were painted on the hospital roof. Still the building were heavily hit: several 250 kilogram bombs and an unknown number of firebombs. The entire attic storey and parts of the second floor got fire.

The hospital housed 142 patients at the moment, in addition to doctors, nurses and other staff. Evacuation was commenced in the middle of heavy attack, and all patients were transported to Rønvik Asylum a few kilometres away without any becoming seriously hurt. Witnesses have afterwards praised the hospital staff and other helpers for their calm and systematic work in the face of the attack.

The hospital anno 1940 is only a small part of today's hospital.
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