BRIGHTON was no stranger to pain and suffering during the Second World War.

Bombs dropped from the skies destroying buildings and thousands of young men were sent to the frontlines in Europe.

As the country marks the 75th anniversary since VE Day when the war ended in Europe we reveal the Luftwaffe's trail of terror across the city.

Every red dot was a bomb and every bomb a heart-stopping moment of fear, injury or death.

The first Nazi bomb to fall on Brighton wrecked homes in Whitehawk Road.

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Before the war ended 227 civilians were killed and 510 seriously injured.

The chilling wail of the sirens sounded well over 1,000 times sending people scurrying to the shelters.

The German bombers destroyed or damaged more than 20,000 homes and 476 high explosive bombs fell on Brighton, Hove, Rottingdean, Saltdean and Shoreham.

Many were dropped by crews jettisoning their bombs before returning to their bases across the Channel.

They fell indiscriminately bringing death and destruction to the town where a German Prince Regent built his palace.

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Information about some of the bomb sites appears when clicking on the red markers.

The most notorious bombing raid on Brighton took place on a warm Saturday afternoon on September 14, 1940.

At around 3.40pm a German bomber was seen being hotly pursued by a Spitfire over Brighton.

Over Kemp Town, in an effort to escape, the raider released his deadly bomb load.

There had been no time to sound the alarm, no time to run for the shelters.

In the ensuing carnage 52 people lost their lives.

The seven bombs fell in an east-west line on Kemp Town Place, the Odeon cinema in St George’s Road, Upper Bedford Street, Hereford Street, Upper Rock Gardens and Edward Street.

Read more about people's experiences and memories of the Second World War on Brighton in The Argus's dedicated web page.

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