In Photos: London During The Blitz

By Londonist Staff Last edited 23 months ago
In Photos: London During The Blitz

'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.

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