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Is The Bombardment Based On A True Story?

Gabriella Ferlita

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Is The Bombardment Based On A True Story?

The new Danish drama The Bombardment is taking Netflix fans by storm.

This emotional film depicts the chain of events leading up to and shortly after a WWII bombing disaster took place at a school full of children in Copenhagen. 

The film was originally made in 2012, named Het Bombardment, but was remade for the streaming giant and its many viewers in more recent moments.

The movie portrays the British accidentally destroying the Danish school and killing many of its children and nearby residents, but is the plot of The Bombardment based on a true story?

Is The Bombardment based on true events?

Yes, The Bombardment, which is directed and written by Ole Bornedal, is sadly based on a true story. 

On 21st March 1945, The British Royal Air Force launched an attack, named Operation Carthage, on Gestapo Headquarters in Copenhagen, which was successful. 

The operation, however, did also cause tragic collateral damage and deaths after part of the air raid was accidentally directed towards the Jeanne d’Arc School.

This tragic raid caused 125 civilian deaths at the French school, including 86 children and 18 adults. 

While The Bombardment is based on these true events, the movie does, however, look beyond the facts and portray the sad events of the bombing through the school children, nuns, liberation fighters and airmen’s points of view - showing that it is innocent civilians who ultimately pay the price in the pursuit of peace.

Although it’s still within the early days of being released, the film has a 100% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes

You can watch The Bombardment on Netflix now.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV and Film, Netflix, World War 2

Gabriella Ferlita
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