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