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Transcript: Source2

Extracts from an Air Ministry report on Dresden Railway Marshalling Yard as a possible target, 27 February 1942
(Catalogue ref: AIR 40/1680)

Source 2a

SECRET. GERMANY NOT TO BE TAKEN INTO THE AIR
INFORMATION SHEET dated February 27th, 1942.
Op. No:- GH 584 PLACE:- DRESDEN Lat:- 51° 04’ N.
A.M.No:- 6 (d) (vi) 74 CATEGORY:- Transportation Long:- 13° 42’ E.
DISTRICT MAP No:- 82 SUB-CATEGORY:- Railway
Marshalling Yard
Alt:- 380 feet

ALL PREVIOUS INFORMATION SHEETS AND AMENDMENTS THERETO ARE CANCELLED, AND ALSO ALL ILLUSTRATIONS NOT MENTIONED BELOW.

TARGET MAP:

Standard 1941 (magnetic) map dated 13.2.42.

DESCRIPTION:

The target is the RAILWAY MARSHALLING YARD DRESDEN-FRIEDRICHSTADT, which has a maximum capacity of 4,000 trucks per 24 hours.

The yard extends for about 1 ½ miles in a roughly east to west direction, and its ellipse shape developes a bulge in the south, by the inclusion of the repair shops and engine sheds, the latter being at the eastern extremity.

DRESDEN is one of the few direct links through the Erz-Gebirge, between Czecho-Slovakia and Germany. In view of the exploitation of Czech industry, damage to the railway here would cause considerable confusion to rail transit, apart from the probable destruction to goods being sorted in the sidings.

Source 2b

RAILWAY MARSHALLING YARD – DRESDEN.

Lat: 51° 04’ N.
Long: 13° 42’ E.
Alt: 390 feet.
Circles: 1 mile.
Scale: 1:63,360.

NOTES.

Spot levels are shown in metres.
HOSPITALS ARE MARKED + AND MUST BE AVOIDED.