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I understand that St Malo was subject to intense bombing during World War II, which destroyed its distinctive architecture. Does anybody have any info on this?
- More info than is on fr:, you mean? Man vyi 06:00, 8 May 2006 (UTC)
Yes I have. See this link http://www.saint-malo-rama.com/2013/05/10/saint-malo-en-1944-images-d-une-ville-fantome-partie-1.html 80% was destroyed by American bombing to root out the Germans. It was completely rebuilt as it was over many years Dom — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 08:47, 1 June 2014 (UTC)
This article needs a serious re-write. The stuff about corsaires being pirates is absolute garbage - they were very strictly governed by the laws introduced by Colbert in the 1680s. I would strongly suggest that the article should be taken off until the subject can be treated properly. In reply to the query above - supposing the anonymous enquirer is still interested - something over 80% of the houses inside the walled town were destroyed by American bombing in 1944. The town was rebuilt more or less in the same style but in a very short space of time and under difficult conditions so inevitably there were some regrettable mistakes. The fortifications are still intact and some of the houses including the 1725 "Demeure de Corsaire" (privateer's house).--Boulet rouge 21:21, 25 July 2007 (UTC)
From an account found here:
- On 31 August 24 P-38's dropped Napalm and 300 bombers bombed the fortress. Still the German Commander refused to surrender. The Americans increased the pressure. On September 2nd after a concentrated bombing effort from aircraft, and shelling from land artillery, as well as a 15 inch shells from the battleship HMS Warspite, The Germans finally raised the white flag of surrender. So ended the Assault on St Malo and Dinard.