'Black Saturday' marked the beginning of the Luftwaffe's 11 week air raid on London, which became known as the Blitz. Around 20,000 Londoners were killed, and a further 1.5 million were left homeless after relentless day and night attacks. The capital was left unrecognisable, with large chunks of the city in ruin.
Damage near Trafalgar Square. Source History The East End bombed in the Blitz - note the Tower of London in the background Source The Ripper A messenger boy walking past the entrance to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Source Pinterest 1940 Source Bbc World Service The ruins of the City of London from Southwark Bridge to Blackfriars - photo taken from St Paul's Cathedral in 1942 Source Davenant Firefighters dealt with blazes caused by bombing on Queen Victoria Street Source London Fire Brigade A woman drinking tea in the aftermath of a German bombing raid during the Blitz Source History in Pictures Workers clear rubble from the lot where a home once stood, 1940. Source Picslist A boy points out his bedroom to his friends, after his home had been wrecked during a bombing raid in an eastern suburb of London, 1940 Source Historyphotographed Brewers Hall, 1941 Source He Archive King George VI and the Queen Consort meeting air raid victims, 1941 Source Old London A district messenger boy walking past a bombsite. Source Thresholdjournal A boy sits amid the ruins of a London bookshop after an air raid,1940 Source Old Pics Archive Elephant & Castle, 1940 Source Old London Clapham Tram Depot following an air raid Source Old London A lone survivor - Buckea's bakers on the corner of Boswell St and Theobalds Road, Holborn, during the Blitz Source Davenant The Spitfire Boys, Brixton, 1941 Source Old London September 1940 Source Imperial War Museums Londoner, still smiling, recovering his belongings from his bomb-damaged home during the Blitz Source Old London A milkman walks over rubble while firefighters battle the aftermath of the Blitz Source History Pics Children in the East End, made homeless by the Blitz, 1940 Source Lost in History Traffic moving slowly on an icy Queen Victoria Street. A light dusting of snow softens the bomb damage. Source Davenant The wreckage of a bus, which was blasted against a house during the Blitz, 9 September 1940 Source Old Pics Archive A winter's view of London, still full of ruins from 1942's vicious Blitz Source Ww2 Tweets From 1941 Bomb damage at St Pancras railway station, May 1941 Source Davenant St George's Cathedral, Southwark, 1942 Source History London A market brings colour to the Blitz. Source Iliketowastemytime Bomb disposal squad Source Io9 Tower Bridge, 1941 Source Londonhistorian Bomb disposal squad Source Flickriver The bombed site of John Lewis on Oxford Street, which was used for the Army Exhibition. Source Itv The Blitz reached Buckingham Palace in 1940 Source Londonhistorian Queen's Hall in Langham Place during the Blitz Source Londonhistorian Women of the Women's Voluntary Service run a mobile canteen Source Classic Movies
Last Updated 28 February 2018