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.
Source Pinterest Source Hubpages A mother and her baby during an exercise with gas masks Source Laura 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 Source Pinterest Elephant and Castle underground station shelter with train Source Flashbak Source Primaryhomeworkhelp Sleeping in the tunnels of the Underground during the second world war Source Bombsight Damage near Trafalgar Square. Source History Aldwych, used as an air raid shelter, October 1940 Source Pinterest First world war propaganda Source Pinterest The East End bombed in the Blitz - note the Tower of London in the background Source The Ripper Interruptions of Big Ben and the clock, which was shut down for two years during the second world war. Source Londonhistorian Goodge Street deep-level shelter and dormitory Source Londonist St Paul's during the Blitz Source Londoninsight Londoners seek shelter in Aldwych tube station, 1941 Source History in Pictures Elephant and Castle Underground station shelter Source Flashbak Bombs dropped in East Walworth Source Bombsight A market brings colour to the Blitz. Source Iliketowastemytime Women who worked in the factories testing the guns made in the second world war Source History in Pictures 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 A view of Tower Bridge standing strong during The Blitz Source Londonhistorian King George VI and the Queen Consort meeting air raid victims, 1941 Source Old London Queen's Hall in Langham Place during the Blitz Source Londonhistorian Piccadilly tube station during an air raid Source Charlesmccain Clapham South shelter Source Derelictlondon Source Pinterest 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 Source Freevintageposters Camden Town shelter Source Derelictlondon Tube entrances were covered with makeshift shelters to stop the light attracting the attention of enemy bombers. Source Londonhistorian Workers clear rubble from the lot where a home once stood, 1940. Source Picslist Mrs Edith Hill manoeuvres a forklift trolley in a depot where railway seats are overhauled and repaired, London, 1942 Source Iwm Not even the London Blitz could stop this young couple from stealing a snog Source Military History Now Source Wikimedia A milkman walks over rubble while firefighters battle the aftermath of the Blitz Source History Pics Churchill's secret bunker Source Peter Uk70 Source Primaryhomeworkhelp Blitz posters Source Icollector The wreckage of a bus, which was blasted against a house during the Blitz, 9 September 1940 Source Old Pics Archive The ruins of the City of London from Southwark Bridge to Blackfriars - photo taken from St Paul's Cathedral in 1942 Source Davenant West End book business basement shelter, Bloomsbury.
Source Flashbak Traffic moving slowly on an icy Queen Victoria Street. A light dusting of snow softens the bomb damage. Source Davenant West End book business basement shelter, Bloomsbury.
Source Flashbak West End book business basement shelter, Bloomsbury. Source Flashbak Clapham Tram Depot following an air raid Source Old London Maths lesson in the Elephant & Castle Underground station during an air raid alert Source Yesteryear Womens' War Work exhibition, Prince's skating rink, Knightsbridge Source Iwm VE Day heroines: Celebrating the women of the second world war Source Steve Clark St Paul's during heavy attacks by the German Luftwaffe on 29 December 1940 Source Theatlantic Defiant signs at Wally's barber shop on St Martin Street, after losing its windows during the Blitz Source Vintage Photos Londoner, still smiling, recovering his belongings from his bomb-damaged home during the Blitz Source Old London Bomb damage at St Pancras railway station, May 1941 Source Davenant ATS girls operate a mobile power plant on an anti-aircraft gun site at night. Source Colchester Wi Gs Tower Bridge, 1941 Source Londonhistorian Shelterers knit and chat on their steel bunks in this North London air raid shelter Source Flashbak Source Ephemeralnewyork Clapham South bomb shelter Source Femsta Elephant & Castle, 1940 Source Old London Source Wikispaces Bomb disposal squad Source Io9 Blitz ghosts, 1940. Source Nick Stone A woman drinking tea in the aftermath of a German bombing raid during the Blitz Source History in Pictures Children in the East End, made homeless by the Blitz, 1940 Source Lost in History Through the smoke of burning London, St Paul's Cathedral Survives another night of The Blitz Source Historical Pics Belsize Park shelter Source Derelictlondon Poster recruiting female bus and tram workers, 1941 Source Retrographik September 1940 Source Imperial War Museums Stockwell shelter Source Derelictlondon Source Hpage Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Source Stars and Stripes Tanks rolling through streets near Covent Garden, 1918 Source Royaloperahouse A lone survivor - Buckea's bakers on the corner of Boswell St and Theobalds Road, Holborn, during the Blitz Source Davenant Shoreditch, 1915 Source Londonhistorian 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 Bomb disposal. Source Pinterest St Paul's Cathedral, 1940 Source Wikia Foyle's Library - wartime reading in London, 1940s Source Bibliophilia Cramped quarters, but safer than being above ground Source Mic Source Jesda Bombs became a normal part of life Source Ww2today The Spitfire Boys, Brixton, 1941 Source Old London Stockwell shelter Source Derelictlondon A waiter in wartime Soho, 1942 Source Discovering London Poster encouraging female railway workers, 1941 Source Pinterest Piccadilly Circus, July 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 A wartime tube carriage with anti splinter window netting. Source Old London A messenger boy walking past the entrance to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Source Pinterest A bomb penetrated the road and exploded in Balham Underground station, killing 68 people Source Londonhistorian Bomb disposal squad Source Flickriver London Underground station during The Blitz, 1940. Source London Underground A shelter in a trusting East End wine merchant’s cellar.
Source Flashbak Source Defensemedianetwork Elephant and Castle underground station shelter. Source Flashbak A boy sits amid the ruins of a London bookshop after an air raid,1940 Source Old Pics Archive South Clapham shelter Source Derelictlondon Source Pinterest Firefighters dealt with blazes caused by bombing on Queen Victoria Street Source London Fire Brigade 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 Goodge Street deep level shelter on Tottenham Court Road Source Derelictlondon Spotter, watching out for German air raids, during a Charlton Athletic vs Arsenal match at The Valley, 1940 Source History Pics Members of the public enjoying a concert held by ENSA in the London underground. Source Mic Women of the Women's Voluntary Service run a mobile canteen Source Classic Movies Waterloo Bridge's second world war women recognised for the first time Source Bbc London Newsroom Clapham South shelter Source Derelictlondon St George's Cathedral, Southwark, 1942 Source History London Two children sleep on a bench in a trench Source Flashbak Propaganda during the second world war Source Wikipedia Elephant and Castle underground station shelter close up. Source Flashbak Londoners asleep on the platform & tracks of Aldwych station Source Mic Shelterers sleep on the benches which line the wall of this London trench shelter Source Flashbak Source Lmelliott Aderelict prefab in Catford. These were built all over UK as emergency housing following the second world war. Source Derelictlondon Wartime fashion in London, 1940s Source Old London Wartime Covent Garden market, 1940 Source Londonhistorian
Surrey Dock was bombed out, 1940. Source London Fire Brigade
Last Updated 11 May 2017