The Trümmerbahn (debris train) carrying the rubble out of the German city of Dresden c1946, following wartime bombing by the RAF and USAAF. Narrow gauge railways were temporarily laid throughout the streets of German cities, carrying the debris to storage sites (if bricks etc could be reused) or to disposal sites.
The women loading the trucks were known as Trümmerfrau (rubble women). Women aged between 15 and 50 were required by the occupying Allied powers to report to work clearing the bomb damage. Following the war, there were approximately 7 million more women than men in Germany.
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