In 1944, the second world war was at its height in London. Blackout restrictions were in place for most of the year (only ending in September), and bomb damage was seen in streets across the capital.
By August, the Germans V-1 flying bomb campaign in London reached its 60th day, with more than 6,000 deaths, 17,000 injuries and damage or destruction to around one million buildings. In the same month, the first V-2 rocket attack on London took place, striking Chiswick and resulting in the deaths of three people.
But life in London carried on, as can be seen from these fascinating photos.
When a bomb hit the London Library in 1944, 16,000 books were destroyed. Source The London Library Eros had been removed from Piccadilly Circus to Coopers Hill in Egham for safe keeping. Source Formerdays Cow Lane Bridge, Peckham was hit by a V2 missile, and repaired within two days. Source Old London Hazelhurst Road in Wandsworth. Source London Fire Brigade A salute to the Red Army at the Royal Albert Hall. Source Classic Pics An American soldier and his English girlfriend on the lawn in Hyde Park. Source History in Pictures Part of the Mulberry artificial harbour constructed in Surrey Docks, 1944 Source Old London This underground shelter was used for Londoners who had lost their homes, 7 July 1944 Source Old Pics Archive A new musical play, Jenny Jones, was running at the Hippodrome Theatre. Source Old London A V-1 bomb lands in a street off Drury Lane. Source Old Pics Archive A candid snap of the District line, complete with smoker. Source Pinterest Piccadilly Circus looked rather different. Source London Life Londoners were breathing a small sigh of relief as the 'blackout' conditions were lifted after five years of pitch black nights. The white stripes had guided Londoners around the city in the darkness. Source Londonhistorian A shocking exhibition which brought further awareness over the concentration camps in Germany. Source Old London Correspondents at the Ministry of Information busy typing the first invasion stories on 6 June 1944 (D-Day). Source Huffingtonpost Piccadilly Circus, 1944. Source Londonhistorian Charles de Gaulle inspects commando troops in London. Source Londonhistorian 'The spirit of the people burned like a bright flame.' The King's Message, June 1944 Source The Times of London A Bermondsey Boys Club singalong. Source Pinterest Crowds at Stamford Bridge. Source Old London After five years in the dark, the nightly blackout ended on 20 November 1944. Source Prof.frank Mc Donough Tube travel advice: plus ca change, London? Source Tim Dunn ATS girls from the West Indies in London. Source Imperial War Museums An Ironmongers' shop at 37 Carnaby Street. Source Rob Baker The London Fire Brigade treats children from Hackney and Shoreditch to a pantomime show. Source The Ripper Roald Dahl and Ernest Hemmingway in London, 1944. Source Rob Baker Bomb damage to terraced houses in Sandmere Road, Brixton, 1 July 1944 Source Old London Oxford Street in 1944. Source Yesteryear Great Windmill Street in Soho.
Source Michael Warburton When the war is over poster at Euston Station. Source London Life
Last Updated 14 February 2017