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Discover Who Bombed the Vatican During World War II

Last edited 16th November 2010

November 5, 1943 at 8:15 P.M. in the midst of World War II, a plane flies over the neutral state of Vatican City.  It then goes on to drop five bombs on the world's smallest state, causing severe damage to the water tank near the railway station, as well as the offices of the governorate  and the Vatican mosaic workshop. The international press spoke of nothing else for almost a week, all trying to guess who was responsible for the bombing. Seven days after the blasts, Pius XII asked the press to end all speculations and his only wish was to avoid further violence.

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