National Geographic : 1948 Dec
APfrom Press Ass'n Pride Forgotten, Vienna Trudges Across a Makeshift Ramp. Retreating Nazis Blew AllBridges over the Danube Canal Fire-swept apartment houses (left and right) reflect not the American precision raid of March, 1945, but April's Russian-German artillery battle. Along this canal, which runs through the heart of the city, SS troops made a last-ditch stand. A survey showed 40 percent ofVienna's buildings damaged.