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.
The East End bombed in the Blitz - note the Tower of London in the background Source The Ripper Bombs became a normal part of life Source Ww2today West End book business basement shelter, Bloomsbury.
Source Flashbak Damage near Trafalgar Square. Source History Interruptions of Big Ben and the clock, which was shut down for two years during the second world war. Source Londonhistorian Elephant and Castle Underground station shelter Source Flashbak Source Ephemeralnewyork St Paul's Cathedral, 1940 Source Wikia West End book business basement shelter, Bloomsbury.
Source Flashbak Camden Town shelter Source Derelictlondon Source Pinterest Women who worked in the factories testing the guns made in the second world war Source History in Pictures Bombs dropped in East Walworth Source Bombsight Bomb disposal squad Source Flickriver Through the smoke of burning London, St Paul's Cathedral Survives another night of The Blitz Source Historical Pics Stockwell shelter Source Derelictlondon Wartime fashion in London, 1940s Source Old London Shelterers knit and chat on their steel bunks in this North London air raid shelter Source Flashbak 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 The wreckage of a bus, which was blasted against a house during the Blitz, 9 September 1940 Source Old Pics Archive Source Freevintageposters Source Lmelliott Workers clear rubble from the lot where a home once stood, 1940. Source Picslist Elephant and Castle underground station shelter. Source Flashbak A wartime tube carriage with anti splinter window netting. Source Old London A boy sits amid the ruins of a London bookshop after an air raid,1940 Source Old Pics Archive Sleeping in the tunnels of the Underground during the second world war Source Bombsight King George VI and the Queen Consort meeting air raid victims, 1941 Source Old London Source Wikimedia A shelter in a trusting East End wine merchant’s cellar.
Source Flashbak 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 Not even the London Blitz could stop this young couple from stealing a snog Source Military History Now Shelterers sleep on the benches which line the wall of this London trench shelter Source Flashbak Londoner, still smiling, recovering his belongings from his bomb-damaged home during the Blitz Source Old London Source Pinterest Source Wikispaces Source Primaryhomeworkhelp Piccadilly Circus, July 1941 Source Londonhistorian Source Jesda Waterloo Bridge's second world war women recognised for the first time Source Bbc London News London Underground station during The Blitz, 1940. Source London Underground Piccadilly tube station during an air raid Source Charlesmccain St Paul's during heavy attacks by the German Luftwaffe on 29 December 1940 Source Theatlantic Clapham South shelter Source Derelictlondon A milkman walks over rubble while firefighters battle the aftermath of the Blitz Source History Pics West End book business basement shelter, Bloomsbury. Source Flashbak 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 Propaganda during the second world war Source Wikipedia Tower Bridge, 1941 Source Londonhistorian Foyle's Library - wartime reading in London, 1940s Source Bibliophilia Members of the public enjoying a concert held by ENSA in the London underground. Source Mic Tube entrances were covered with makeshift shelters to stop the light attracting the attention of enemy bombers. Source Londonhistorian Surrey Dock was bombed out, 1940. Source London Fire Brigade Cramped quarters, but safer than being above ground Source Mic Bomb disposal squad Source Io9 VE Day heroines: Celebrating the women of the second world war Source Steve Clark St George's Cathedral, Southwark, 1942 Source History London Firefighters dealt with blazes caused by bombing on Queen Victoria Street Source London Fire Brigade A lone survivor - Buckea's bakers on the corner of Boswell St and Theobalds Road, Holborn, during the Blitz Source Davenant Wartime Covent Garden market, 1940 Source Londonhistorian Source Hubpages London Underground during the war Source History in Pictures St Paul's during the Blitz Source Londoninsight Poster recruiting female bus and tram workers, 1941 Source Retrographik Womens' War Work exhibition, Prince's skating rink, Knightsbridge Source Iwm Churchill's secret bunker Source Peter Uk A waiter in wartime Soho, 1942 Source Discovering London Blitz posters Source Icollector The ruins of the City of London from Southwark Bridge to Blackfriars - photo taken from St Paul's Cathedral in 1942 Source Davenant A messenger boy walking past the entrance to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Source Pinterest Elephant and Castle underground station shelter with train Source Flashbak First world war propaganda Source Pinterest Clapham Tram Depot following an air raid Source Old London A winter's view of London, still full of ruins from 1942's vicious Blitz Source Ww2 Tweets From 1940 Clapham South bomb shelter Source Femsta Spotter, watching out for German air raids, during a Charlton Athletic vs Arsenal match at The Valley, 1940 Source History Pics Source Pinterest 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 Bomb damage at St Pancras railway station, May 1941 Source Davenant The Spitfire Boys, Brixton, 1941 Source Old London September 1940 Source Imperial War Museums Defiant signs at Wally's barber shop on St Martin Street, after losing its windows during the Blitz Source Vintage Photos A mother and her baby during an exercise with gas masks Source Laura Source Pinterest Clapham South shelter Source Derelictlondon Mrs Edith Hill manoeuvres a forklift trolley in a depot where railway seats are overhauled and repaired, London, 1942 Source Iwm Children in the East End, made homeless by the Blitz, 1940 Source Lost in History Bomb disposal. Source Pinterest Source Hpage Goodge Street deep-level shelter and dormitory Source Londonist Londoners asleep on the platform & tracks of Aldwych station Source Mic 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 Belsize Park shelter Source Derelictlondon A bomb penetrated the road and exploded in Balham Underground station, killing 68 people Source Londonhistorian Source Primaryhomeworkhelp A market brings colour to the Blitz. Source Iliketowastemytime Poster encouraging female railway workers, 1941 Source Pinterest A woman drinking tea in the aftermath of a German bombing raid during the Blitz Source History in Pictures A view of Tower Bridge standing strong during The Blitz Source Londonhistorian South Clapham shelter Source Derelictlondon Elephant & Castle, 1940 Source Old London Blitz ghosts, 1940. Source Nick Stone Elephant and Castle underground station shelter close up. Source Flashbak Two children sleep on a bench in a trench Source Flashbak Source Defensemedianetwork 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 Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Source Stars and Stripes Aderelict prefab in Catford. These were built all over UK as emergency housing following the second world war. Source Derelictlondon Stockwell shelter Source Derelictlondon Tanks rolling through streets near Covent Garden, 1918 Source Royaloperahouse 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 ATS girls operate a mobile power plant on an anti-aircraft gun site at night. Source Colchester Wi Gs Goodge Street deep level shelter on Tottenham Court Road Source Derelictlondon Aldwych, used as an air raid shelter, October 1940 Source Pinterest
Traffic moving slowly on an icy Queen Victoria Street. A light dusting of snow softens the bomb damage. Source Davenant
Last Updated 11 May 2017