One thing is clear from this collection of pictures from 1940 — in the face of adversity, London carried on. We still read our books, sung our songs, posted our letters and went to the pub. As one shopkeeper pictured below rightly put it, it was 'business as usual'.
London Red Cross volunteers, Hammersmith, 1940 Source Old London Children in London celebrate Christmas in an underground bomb shelter, December 25. Source History in Pictures London Underground station during The Blitz, 1940. Source London Underground Cripplegate, 1st September 1940 Source Rob Baker London Blitz, 21 September 1940 Source Events From 1943 Bomb damage in Balham results in tube tunnels collapsing, over 60 people killed Source Imperial War Museums Elephant and Castle underground station shelter. Source Flashbak Police officer during the Blitz, 1940 Source Old London A London bookshop, after a raid on 8 October 1940 Source Historical Pics Little girl sitting in the ruins of her bombed home Source World War Ii History Elephant & Castle, 1940 Source Old London The Docklands ablaze after the first mass air raid on London. Source Yesteryear Business as usual Source Old London A market brings colour to the Blitz. Source Iliketowastemytime The wreckage of a bus, which was blasted against a house during the Blitz, 9 September 1940 Source Old Pics Archive A WH Smith bookstore Source Bibliophilia View of a bomber over the London Docks, taken from another bomber, 7th September 1940 Source Old Pics Archive Elephant and Castle underground station shelter close up. Source Flashbak The aftermath of a bomb attack, Autumn 1940. Source Prof.frank Mc Donough Man sleeping in a stone sarcophagus, Christ Church Source Sarah Chavez Ealing c.1940 with pedestrian lanes to speed people up and avoid bumps in the blackout Source Sir William Davenant Readers browsing through the bomb-damaged library of Holland House. Source History in Pictures Milkman at work during the Blitz, London, 9 October Source History in Moments 1940 Source Bbc World Service A woman drinking tea in the aftermath of a German bombing raid during the Blitz Source History in Pictures West End book business basement shelter, Bloomsbury.
Source Flashbak Prospect of Whitby pub, Wapping Source Old London Dancers at the Windmill Theatre Source Old London Children in the East End, made homeless by the Blitz, 1940 Source Lost in History Evacuees Source Old London King's Cross railway station. Source Old London A bride still manages to get ready for her wedding Source Battle of Britain A wide view of the bomb-damaged shell of the John Lewis department store on London's Oxford Street. Source Old Pics Archive Woman posting a letter. Source Jamesbellart Sikh family shelter in the crypt, Christ Church, Spitalfields Source Old Pics Archive Source Old London Balham Underground station Source Londonhistorian
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