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World War II - England

Wartime damage Kings Cross St Pancras station ~

Baxter Street - The Greenock Blitz was two nights of intensive bombing of the town of Greenock, Scotland during the Second World War when the Luftwaffe attacked in May 1941.

1940, Three nurses carry babies cocooned in baby gas respirators down the corridor of a London hospital during a gas drill. Note the carrying handle on the respirator used to carry the baby by the nurse in the foreground.

Gas Masks for Babies from 1940

London, Paddington Station. Children being evacuated by train as bombing raids intensify. Life in London during The Blitz of World War II. 1940.

Engineers of the British Army drink their tea on the edge of a bomb crater in London, 1940. :: via ClassicPics

The other well known image from the 7th September, also taken in the evening. The view from central London looking east down the Thames towards the docks which are ablaze.

One of many fires started in Surrey Commercial Dock, London, on September 7, 1940, after a heavy raid during the night by German bombers.

The London Auxiliary Fire Service fighting a fire near Whitehall road caused by an incendiary bomb. Photograph by William Vandivert. London, 1940.

Holborn Circus in London burns at the height of the Blitz. London was bombed on 76 consecutive nights as part of the Battle of Britain campaign by the German airforce during 1940.

Wartime view of the Metropolitan Line platforms at Moorgate station, showing the devastation caused by air raids

British humour World War Two style.

  • walter skinner

    Londoners never lost their humour during the war, I was only a boy then and remember all the bomb damage houses in the road I lived in, most all the sweet shop that disappeared over night. Another thing I remember is the drawing of a head and nose and two hands looking over a brick wall with the caption What no eggs or what no bananas etc. Thank you for sharing.

Bomb Damage on Punch Street 12-13 October 1941. 11 people were killed and 64 injured that night. Bolton, Lancashire, England

Westminster Abbey High Altar: debris from collapsed Lantern Roof, 11 May 1941. On the outbreak of World War II, many of Westminster Abbey’s treasures were evacuated for safety to country houses. About 60,000 sandbags were used to protect immoveable royal and medieval tombs. The Coronation Chair was sent for safety to Gloucester Cathedral and the Coronation Stone was buried secretly within the Abbey. The collection of wax funeral effigies was stored in Piccadilly tube station.

In Liverpool, 68-year-old Sarah Manson sits outside her bombed home with her grandchildren after a German bombing raid

People at entrance of a public shelter watch enemy planes during a daytime raid in London during The Blitz of World War II in 1940. (George Rodger)

London At War-rescue workers helping pull victim from ruins of a building hit by a V2 rocket during World War II. Photo by George Rodger. 1944