Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Rare photos of London Blitz 1940 (Time/Life)

Amazing clarity in these brilliant pics
Until a few years ago, photographs from the World War II were only seen in grainy black and white.
The brunt of the attacks on London by the Nazis was between September 7, 1940 and May 10th 1941.
The attacks on Britain were carried out continuously for 76 nights and killed over 40,000 people.
These terrifying attacks did not break the spirit of the Brits and people pressed on with their lives, as
You can see in a couple of photos. If you have followed the history of World War II, you will recall that
On July 19th 1941 Sir Winston Churchill launched his V for Victory . . .__ campaign. On the 70th
Anniversary of this campaign, with the advent of digital and other technologies, new color images of
The horror of destruction inflicted by the Nazi bombings of London have emerged. These powerful
Images show a brief example of the real horrors the Nazis did all across London and the neighbourhoods.

Now see these photos of the horrors of those bombings!

 

Clearing up: Workers remove rubble from a building decimated in a heavy German air raid during the Blitz.
Wallpaper inside the shattered bedrooms can even be seen in the gap left in the row of houses.


Standing tall: The spire of the Central Criminal Court - better known as the Old Bailey - rises defiantly while all Around it buildings have become jagged shells in a landscape scarred by the relentless German bombings.


On the night of October 14th 1940, a bomb penetrated the road and exploded in Balham Underground station, Killing 68 people. A No 88 bus travelling in black-out conditions then fell into the crater.


In this extraordinary picture, the double-Decker bus is still visible amid crumbling tarmac and bent girders left
In an enormous crater caused by a bomb which landed in the middle of a Balham high street, south London ..

     
Ablaze: Firemen battle to control flames raging through a town house ravaged by a direct hit in 1940, while right, This eerie image shows a London road deserted and covered in rubble after an air raid.


Preparing for battle: A noticeably young ground crewmen prepare a Spitfire in a field outside of London during the height of the Battle of Britain . In the foreground a group of pilots pause to discuss tactics.


Stiff upper lip: A man determined to keep a sense of normality reads a book on a park bench as a moored barrage balloon, Designed to scupper air attacks, floats in the background and a second, right, soars above.


The random nature of the bombing is clearly demonstrated here as a church, right, remains untouched while a vast swathe of buildings close by were reduced to rubble.


Wreckage: Workers wielding pick-axes and shovels are tasked with clearing away the remains of bombed building that would have once stood next to this Central London church.


 

Yes, it was horrible in London during the blitz, but the English got their own back, with interest. (below) Dresden 1945.

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