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A Place called Rugby

10 December 2016 - 14 January 2017

Explore Rugby's past in this exhibition of railway track plans, aerial photographs and Luftwaffe target maps from our social history collection.

Object of the Month

The Object of the Month this December is one of the maps on display in 'A place called Rugby'

Image of Luftwaffe map of Rugby


Second World War

Dated 31st December 1941

This map  covers the centre of Rugby, east to Clifton upon Dunsmore and Hillmorton

They were used by the Luftwaffe (the German Air force) to locate sites of importance, for possible bombing raids on the town.

They are marked ‘Nur Fur Den Dienstgebrauch’ (For Internal Use Only).

Of major importance were our transport links, hence the whole railway system is outlined in red, which indicated a primary target.

Factories were also the main targets with British Thomson-Houston, Victoria Engineering Works (Willans) and Hunter Wagon Works being clearly marked.

Also the Water Works and the Hospitals of St Cross and St Luke’s were possible targets.

Rugby and Dunchurch did endure some bomb damage but luckily not on the scale of what it could have been, given the German intelligence on the town.

(Accession Number 2014.9.1)


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