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A fascinating collection of maps from Operation Sea Lion have been unearthed which reveal the Nazis had north east England firmly in their sights.<br />
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A map of Middlesborough dated April 30, 1942, has specific targets highlighted in red including the railway station, bridges and industrial depots.<br />
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The Nazis did strike it lucky with one of their targets a few months later when a lone Dornier Do 217 dropped a stick of bombs onto the railway station on August 2, causing serious damage to the Victorian glass and steel roof.<br />
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Middlesbrough, on the Teeside, was the first major British town to be bombed during the Second World War mainly because of its iron and steel industries.