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Harry Selfridge at his Oxford Street site in London, 1931

Anti-aircraft defenses. 48 AA Brigade London, World War II

Hyde Park anti aircraft guns 1939

Anti aircraft gunners Hyde Park 1939

Royal Navy Dispatch Rider outside Buckingham Palace, London, WW2. Life Magazine cover. (The bike is a BSA WM20.)

London at War - New Coventry Street 1941

The Imperial War Museum Naval Gallery after being bombed, 31st January 1941.

British stiff upper-lip calmness - London 1941

Double-decker Destroyed by Bomb - HU033641 - Rights Managed - Stock Photo - Corbis

U.K. Royal Navy Woman dispatch rider near Buckingham Palace, c.1942

Germany bombs London 7-15 September 1940 On 7 September 1940, the Luftwaffe unleashed a merciless bombing campaign against London and Britain's major cities. Instead of breaking morale, however, the raids only galvanised the will of the British people for the rest of the war. Photo: Winston Churchill inspecting bomb damage in Battersea, South London, 10 September 1940.

Wartime damage Kings Cross St Pancras station

Doreen, Susie and Hugh Buckner play a game of ‘Wardens’ at their London home. Doreen, Susie and their dolls sit under an up-turned armchair covered in blankets, as ‘Warden’ Hugh checks to see that they are safely inside their make-believe air raid shelter.1943

London. A station commander sleeps briefly while awaiting the return of his night bomber crews. Life in London during The Blitz of World War II in 1939-40. 1940.

London at War 1941 - Wartime Romance

View from St Paul’s Cathedral, 1942

Building air raid shelters - London - August 1939

Ming, one of four pandas bought by London Zoo was featured in propaganda to boost British morale during World War II. Photo: Hulton/Getty Images.

London, 1944: Members of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) and children are amongst those feeding the pigeons in Trafalgar Square in London. In the background, the base of Nelson's Column is covered in War Savings posters and one of the Trafalgar Square lions can also be seen.

A young boy plants a Union Flag into the pile of rubble and debris that is all that is left of his home, following an air raid on London.

Evacuation, September 1939: Mothers at a station barrier, watching their children leave. On the first day of Evacuation an observer from Mass Observation was at Victoria Station: “12.30pm: A party of school-children have just come in and are on the platform, girls and boys. There are about 200 people waiting near the barrier, and about 80% of these are women...Women are quiet and all gaze toward the platform, some mopping eyes with handkerchiefs..."

A young girl chooses a new pet from three dogs who lost their owners during the Blitz, January 1941 (b/w photo)

London 1940: Effigy of Hitler hangs outside a public shelter.