'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.
Brewers Hall, 1941 Source He Archive A market brings colour to the Blitz. Source Iliketowastemytime Bomb disposal squad Source Flickriver A messenger boy walking past the entrance to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Source Pinterest Damage near Trafalgar Square. Source History A boy sits amid the ruins of a London bookshop after an air raid,1940 Source Old Pics Archive A milkman walks over rubble while firefighters battle the aftermath of the Blitz Source History Pics Women of the Women's Voluntary Service run a mobile canteen Source Classic Movies Tower Bridge, 1941 Source Londonhistorian 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 The ruins of the City of London from Southwark Bridge to Blackfriars - photo taken from St Paul's Cathedral in 1942 Source Sir William Davenant The East End bombed in the Blitz - note the Tower of London in the background Source The Ripper Londoner, still smiling, recovering his belongings from his bomb-damaged home during the Blitz Source Old London The wreckage of a bus, which was blasted against a house during the Blitz, 9 September 1940 Source Old Pics Archive Bomb damage at St Pancras railway station, May 1941 Source Sir William Davenant Children in the East End, made homeless by the Blitz, 1940 Source Lost in History The Spitfire Boys, Brixton, 1941 Source Old London Elephant & Castle, 1940 Source Old London A district messenger boy walking past a bombsite. Source Thresholdjournal Clapham Tram Depot following an air raid Source Old London The bombed site of John Lewis on Oxford Street, which was used for the Army Exhibition. Source Itv A winter's view of London, still full of ruins from 1942's vicious Blitz Source Ww2 Tweets From 1940 The Blitz reached Buckingham Palace in 1940 Source Londonhistorian September 1940 Source Imperial War Museums Workers clear rubble from the lot where a home once stood, 1940. Source Picslist King George VI and the Queen Consort meeting air raid victims, 1941 Source Old London A lone survivor - Buckea's bakers on the corner of Boswell St and Theobalds Road, Holborn, during the Blitz Source Sir William Davenant Bomb disposal squad Source Io9 1940 Source Bbc World Service St George's Cathedral, Southwark, 1942 Source History London Traffic moving slowly on an icy Queen Victoria Street. A light dusting of snow softens the bomb damage. Source Sir William 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 Queen's Hall in Langham Place during the Blitz Source Londonhistorian
Last Updated 28 February 2018