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    Hi I would like to ask what was the main target for 11 Hampdens attacking Rheydt this night.

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    The Bomber Command War Diaries (Middlebrook/Everitt):
    7/8th July - 40 Hampdens Mönchengladbach (2 lost).
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    Hi Henk, thanks for info. It fits as Rheydt became part of Moechtegladbach later.

    But I was interested in the exact target in the town as I have read a hnadwritten account that the target was something what I am able to read as "goods siding".

    It makes no sence for me as I am not native English speaker.

    Does anybody have any idea?

    Thanks

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    Pavel, Hi
    This is UK "railway speak"!!!! A 'goods siding' was an area where (non-passenger!) trains arrived. The trucks were de-coupled and then the shunting engines moved them to their new goods-trains before the bigger engines took those trains off to their destinations. You may also find this process referred to as a 'marshalling yard'. This is rather like a postal sorting office! There is (on Google Earth) what appears to be the remnants of a goods siding about 800 metres to the west of where GE directs you if input Rheydt as the 'Fly-To' location.
    How do I know all this railway stuff? I grew up with one of these marshalling yards 800 metres outside my bedroom window!! I lived, as a child, in a UK "railway town" We were bombed in WW2. I learned "railway language" (and some of it is not very polite)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    Hi Peter,

    many thanks for this info! I was thinking it may be this meaning as when I was looking at the Rheydt by the Google Earth I have found the same as you wrote.

    Pavel
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