Beautiful Photos of Venice in the Early 1950s

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During the Second World War, Venice was largely free from attack, the only aggressive effort of note being Operation Bowler, a successful Royal Air Force precision strike on the German naval operations in the city in March 1945.

The targets were destroyed with virtually no architectural damage inflicted on the city itself. However, the industrial areas in Mestre and Marghera and the railway lines to Padua, Trieste, and Trento were repeatedly bombed.
On 29 April 1945, a force of British and New Zealand troops of the British Eighth Army, under Lieutenant General Freyberg, liberated Venice, which had been a hotbed of anti-Mussolini Italian partisan activity.
Just years after the war, these beautiful photos from gbfernie5 show what Venice looked like in the early 1950s.
On the Grand Canal, Venice, Italy, early 1950s

Bridge of Sighs, Rio de Palazzo, Venice, Italy, early 1950s

Bridge of Sighs, Rio de Palazzo, Venice, Italy, early 1950s

Gondolier, Venice, Italy, early 1950s

Grand Canal, Venice, Italy, early 1950s

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