Estonia commemorates the March 1944 bombings
On the evening of March 9, 1944, the Soviet air force bombed the city of Tallinn.
A total of 1,549 buildings were destroyed and 3,350 damaged during two waves of air raids. This amounted to about a third of the city's residential buildings at the time.
Nearly 20,000 inhabitants lost their homes. Estonia, the national theatre, was destroyed and the Old Town was badly damaged in the Harju Street area.
The attack killed 554 Estonians, 50 German soldiers, and 121 prisoners of war.