Commemorating Canterbury’s Victims of the 1942 Baedecker Raids
The Baedecker raids were a series of air attacks in April and May 1942 by the German Luftwaffe on English cities.. The name derives from Baedeker, a series of German tourist guide books, including detailed maps, which were used to select targets for bombing. Canterbury was already a key tourist town, famous for history and beautiful buildings. It was no surprise that the city was selected for Luftwaffe destruction. To learn more about the raids on Canterbury, click here and here.
Working with the City Council, the society has helped raise new signage at the entrance to the cemetery. It is now planning further information boards, notably one near the graves of those killed by enemy action during the ‘Baedecker Raids’ of 1942.