London's a resilient city, having survived two world wars in the 20th century. Sadly, many Londoners lost their lives, and much of the city was destroyed by the incessant bombing of the Blitz. These photos and propaganda posters give an idea of what life was like for the average Londoner during the war.
First world war propaganda Source Pinterest A mother and her baby during an exercise with gas masks Source Laura A woman drinking tea in the aftermath of a German bombing raid during the Blitz Source History in Pictures Source Ephemeralnewyork Blitz posters Source Icollector A wartime tube carriage with anti splinter window netting. Source Old London Two children sleep on a bench in a trench Source Flashbak Source Primaryhomeworkhelp Elephant and Castle Underground station shelter Source Flashbak Source Jesda Clapham South bomb shelter Source Femsta West End book business basement shelter, Bloomsbury.
Source Flashbak Not even the London Blitz could stop this young couple from stealing a snog Source Military History Now Bomb damage at St Pancras railway station, May 1941 Source Sir William Davenant St Paul's Cathedral, 1940 Source Wikia Elephant and Castle underground station shelter. Source Flashbak South Clapham shelter Source Derelictlondon Cramped quarters, but safer than being above ground Source Mic Source Hubpages A messenger boy walking past the entrance to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Source Pinterest Elephant & Castle, 1940 Source Old London Bomb disposal squad Source Flickriver Wartime fashion in London, 1940s Source Old London West End book business basement shelter, Bloomsbury.
Source Flashbak Source Pinterest 10 May 1941 saw the last major raid during the London Blitz, dubbed 'the longest night'. There was damage to many important buildings including the Houses of Parliament, seen here Source Londonhistorian Stockwell shelter Source Derelictlondon Source Pinterest Bombs dropped in East Walworth Source Bombsight Tower Bridge, 1941 Source Londonhistorian Shoreditch, 1915 Source Londonhistorian Source Freevintageposters Surrey Dock was bombed out, 1940. Source London Fire Brigade Belsize Park shelter Source Derelictlondon Propaganda during the second world war Source Wikipedia Women of the Women's Voluntary Service run a mobile canteen Source Classic Movies ATS girls operate a mobile power plant on an anti-aircraft gun site at night. Source Colchester Wi Gs Interruptions of Big Ben and the clock, which was shut down for two years during the second world war. Source Londonhistorian Children in the East End, made homeless by the Blitz, 1940 Source Lost in History London Underground during the war Source History in Pictures A winter's view of London, still full of ruins from 1942's vicious Blitz Source Ww2 Tweets From 1940 Wartime Covent Garden market, 1940 Source Londonhistorian Aldwych, used as an air raid shelter, October 1940 Source Pinterest The Spitfire Boys, Brixton, 1941 Source Old London London Underground station during The Blitz, 1940. Source London Underground A shelter in a trusting East End wine merchant’s cellar.
Source Flashbak Poster recruiting female bus and tram workers, 1941 Source Retrographik September 1940 Source Imperial War Museums Through the smoke of burning London, St Paul's Cathedral Survives another night of The Blitz Source Historical Pics The wreckage of a bus, which was blasted against a house during the Blitz, 9 September 1940 Source Old Pics Archive Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Source Stars and Stripes Camden Town shelter Source Derelictlondon Source Wikimedia Bomb disposal squad Source Io9 Piccadilly Circus, July 1941 Source Londonhistorian The East End bombed in the Blitz - note the Tower of London in the background Source The Ripper During the second world war, many stations were converted to air raid shelters. Some of these shelters, such as St. Mary's at Whitechapel, have been abandoned ever since, acting as time capsules. Aldwych was used by the British Museum to house its priceless collection and Down Street Station was used by Winston Churchill before the War Rooms were created. The platforms at Down Street were converted into offices, meeting rooms and dorms complete with fake windows. Source Gizmodo Tube entrances were covered with makeshift shelters to stop the light attracting the attention of enemy bombers. Source Londonhistorian VE Day heroines: Celebrating the women of the second world war Source Steve Clark Foyle's Library - wartime reading in London, 1940s Source Bibliophilia Women who worked in the factories testing the guns made in the second world war Source History in Pictures Clapham South shelter Source Derelictlondon Piccadilly tube station during an air raid Source Charlesmccain Blitz ghosts, 1940. Source Nick Londoners seek shelter in Aldwych tube station, 1941 Source History in Pictures Maths lesson in the Elephant & Castle Underground station during an air raid alert Source Yesteryear Goodge Street deep level shelter on Tottenham Court Road Source Derelictlondon Bombs became a normal part of life Source Ww2today Tanks rolling through streets near Covent Garden, 1918 Source Royaloperahouse King George VI and the Queen Consort meeting air raid victims, 1941 Source Old London Aderelict prefab in Catford. These were built all over UK as emergency housing following the second world war. Source Derelictlondon Goodge Street deep-level shelter and dormitory Source Londonist 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 Source Pinterest A view of Tower Bridge standing strong during The Blitz Source Londonhistorian A lone survivor - Buckea's bakers on the corner of Boswell St and Theobalds Road, Holborn, during the Blitz Source Davenant Shelterers knit and chat on their steel bunks in this North London air raid shelter Source Flashbak Clapham Tram Depot following an air raid Source Old London The ruins of the City of London from Southwark Bridge to Blackfriars - photo taken from St Paul's Cathedral in 1942 Source Davenant Churchill's secret bunker Source Peter Uk70 A boy sits amid the ruins of a London bookshop after an air raid,1940 Source Old Pics Archive A market brings colour to the Blitz. Source Iliketowastemytime Traffic moving slowly on an icy Queen Victoria Street. A light dusting of snow softens the bomb damage. Source Davenant A milkman walks over rubble while firefighters battle the aftermath of the Blitz Source History Pics Firefighters dealt with blazes caused by bombing on Queen Victoria Street Source London Fire Brigade Damage near Trafalgar Square. Source History Source Hpage Source Defensemedianetwork St George's Cathedral, Southwark, 1942 Source History London Queen's Hall in Langham Place during the Blitz Source Londonhistorian Sleeping in the tunnels of the Underground during the second world war Source Bombsight St Paul's during the Blitz Source Londoninsight Spotter, watching out for German air raids, during a Charlton Athletic vs Arsenal match at The Valley, 1940 Source History Pics There is a memorial to a Nazi dog in London. You can see the grave of Giro, the German ambassador’s dog, who was “accidentally electrocuted” in 1934 at the top of the steps by the Duke of York monument off Pall Mall, which is where the German Embassy stood until the breakout of the second world war. Source Buzzfeed Elephant and Castle underground station shelter with train Source Flashbak Londoner, still smiling, recovering his belongings from his bomb-damaged home during the Blitz Source Old London Elephant and Castle underground station shelter close up. Source Flashbak Waterloo Bridge's second world war women recognised for the first time Source Bbc London Newsroom Clapham South shelter Source Derelictlondon Members of the public enjoying a concert held by ENSA in the London underground. Source Mic Womens' War Work exhibition, Prince's skating rink, Knightsbridge Source Iwm A bomb penetrated the road and exploded in Balham Underground station, killing 68 people Source Londonhistorian Poster encouraging female railway workers, 1941 Source Pinterest West End book business basement shelter, Bloomsbury. Source Flashbak Source Lmelliott Stockwell shelter Source Derelictlondon Mrs Edith Hill manoeuvres a forklift trolley in a depot where railway seats are overhauled and repaired, London, 1942 Source Iwm Clapham South deep level air raid shelters were built during The Blitz. Located 11 floors (or 180 steps) down, these shelters continued to be used as a hotel and migrant accommodation until the 1950s Source Mandytjie Source Wikispaces Shelterers sleep on the benches which line the wall of this London trench shelter Source Flashbak Source Pinterest A waiter in wartime Soho, 1942 Source Discovering London Bomb disposal. Source Pinterest Source Primaryhomeworkhelp St Paul's during heavy attacks by the German Luftwaffe on 29 December 1940 Source Theatlantic Londoners asleep on the platform & tracks of Aldwych station Source Mic
Defiant signs at Wally's barber shop on St Martin Street, after losing its windows during the Blitz Source Vintage Photos
Last Updated 11 May 2017