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Blitz Collection

Background imageBlitz Collection: WW2 - Home Front - Woman in her Gas Mask

WW2 - Home Front - Woman in her Gas Mask. Date: circa 1941

Background imageBlitz Collection: Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill inspecting the damage to the House of Commons after an attack during the Blitz

Background imageBlitz Collection: King George VI and Winston Churchill, 1940

King George VI and Winston Churchill, 1940
Wartime British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill photographed with King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in September 1940 after the Palace had been damaged by German bombs during

Background imageBlitz Collection: Blitz in London -- St Bride Street, Farringdon Street, WW2

Blitz in London -- St Bride Street, Farringdon Street, WW2
Blitz in London -- St Bride Street and Farringdon Street, with firefighters at work in a smoky atmosphere and pedestrians walking by

Background imageBlitz Collection: Blitz - Fire at Surrey Commercial Docks, Rotherhithe

Blitz - Fire at Surrey Commercial Docks, Rotherhithe
Warehouses ablaze (the left wing of the No.8 warehouse) following the heavy enemy bombing raids on the Surrey Commercial Docks in Rotherhithe

Background imageBlitz Collection: WW2 Memorabilia - Damaged Cafe informing suppliers

WW2 Memorabilia - Damaged Cafe informing suppliers
WW2 Home Front Memorabilia - Damaged Cafe Colette of Swallow Street, London sending information on a printed card to inform suppliers that (likely due to Bomb damage)

Background imageBlitz Collection: Winston Churchill in Bristol, 1941

Winston Churchill in Bristol, 1941
Winston Churchill visits bomb-damaged Bristol on 12th April 1941, during World War Two. Date: 12th April 1941

Background imageBlitz Collection: Blitz in London -- Whitechapel Fire Station

Blitz in London -- Whitechapel Fire Station
Whitechapel Fire Station in Whitechapel Road having suffered heavy blast damage following a bombing raid on 8 September 1940

Background imageBlitz Collection: Damage to Canterbury Cathedral Library, WW2 - Baedeker Blitz

Damage to Canterbury Cathedral Library, WW2 - Baedeker Blitz
" Canterbury under fire" - Damage sustained to the Cathedal LIbrary examined by Dr. Hewlett Johnson, Dean of Canterbury, by bombing on the city by German planes of the luftwaffe during WW2

Background imageBlitz Collection: WW2 - Chef cooking in a bombed-out street - Blitz, London

WW2 - Chef cooking in a bombed-out street - Blitz, London
WW2 - His restaurant and kitchen destroyed by German bombing, a Chef continues to cook al fresco in a bombed-out street - Blitz, London. Date: circa 1941

Background imageBlitz Collection: NFS (London Region) Pimlico V1 bombing attack, WW2

NFS (London Region) Pimlico V1 bombing attack, WW2
The aftermath of a V1 flying bomb attack in Winchester Street, Pimlico. NFS firefighters join other rescue workers at the scene

Background imageBlitz Collection: Blitz in London -- Regulars and Auxiliaries side by side

Blitz in London -- Regulars and Auxiliaries side by side
Regular London firefighters side by side with their Auxiliary (AFS) counterparts at Tottenham fire station. The building next door is Tottenham Town Hall

Background imageBlitz Collection: King and Queen inspecting bomb damage at Buckingham Palace

King and Queen inspecting bomb damage at Buckingham Palace
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth pictured among the rubble at Buckingham Palace following German air raids during the Blitz, September 1940

Background imageBlitz Collection: Princess Diana, William and Harry meeting firefighters

Princess Diana, William and Harry meeting firefighters
Princess Diana and her sons, Princes William and Harry, meeting firefighters at the The Blitz Remembered Service at St Pauls Cathedral, London, on 25 October 1990

Background imageBlitz Collection: The Blitz Remembered Service at St Pauls Cathedral

The Blitz Remembered Service at St Pauls Cathedral
Princess Diana an her sons, the princes William and Harry attending the The Blitz Remembered Service at St Pauls Cathedral, London

Background imageBlitz Collection: Blitz in London -- warehouses, Surrey Docks, WW2

Blitz in London -- warehouses, Surrey Docks, WW2
Warehouses ablaze following heavy bombing raids on the Surrey Commercial Docks in Rotherhithe, SE London. This raid took place on 7 September 1940

Background imageBlitz Collection: Careless Talk Costs Lives - WWII poster

Careless Talk Costs Lives - WWII poster
Poster warning of the dangers of gossiping and inadvertently giving away national secrets to the enemy during World War Two

Background imageBlitz Collection: Air Raid Drills at the Windmill Theatre

Air Raid Drills at the Windmill Theatre
At the Windmill Theatre, London, the showgirls are given a crash course in fire-fighting and first aid. 1940

Background imageBlitz Collection: Blitz in London -- bomb disposal at Charing Cross

Blitz in London -- bomb disposal at Charing Cross
Blitz in London -- soldiers using a trolley to remove a land mine on Hungerford Railway Bridge, Charing Cross, on 17 April 1941

Background imageBlitz Collection: Blitz in London -- bomb disposal at Charing Cross

Blitz in London -- bomb disposal at Charing Cross
Blitz in London -- soldiers using a trolley to remove a land mine on Hungerford Railway Bridge, Charing Cross, on 17 April 1941

Background imageBlitz Collection: Blitz in London -- warehouses, Surrey Docks, WW2

Blitz in London -- warehouses, Surrey Docks, WW2
Warehouses in a smoky atmosphere following heavy bombing raids on the Surrey Commercial Docks in Rotherhithe, SE London. This raid took place on 7 September 1940

Background imageBlitz Collection: Bomb damage in Sidney Street, East London, WW2

Bomb damage in Sidney Street, East London, WW2. Both sides of the entire street were shattered by two bombs. Date: 1940

Background imageBlitz Collection: Blitz in London -- AFS personnel receiving treatment, WW2

Blitz in London -- AFS personnel receiving treatment, WW2
With the Blitz still at its height, Londons firefighters and fire support crews are removed to local hospitals for emergency treatment after receiving injuries fighting the fires started by enemy

Background imageBlitz Collection: Evacuation as a National Service - Poster

Evacuation as a National Service - Poster
It Might by You! Caring for Evacuees is a National Service circa 1942

Background imageBlitz Collection: Blitz in London -- Turnmill Street, Clerkenwell, WW2

Blitz in London -- Turnmill Street, Clerkenwell, WW2
Blitz in London -- Turnmill Street, Clerkenwell. General view showing the fire damage caused by incendiary bombs on 21 February 1944, including the top floor of the Steam Pipe Company. Date: 1944

Background imageBlitz Collection: Bomb damaged building, West India Docks, WW2

Bomb damaged building, West India Docks, WW2
A warehouse building with its top floor and roof damaged by an incendiary bomb, North Quay, West India Docks, East London, during the Second World War. Date: 1940s

Background imageBlitz Collection: Blitz in London -- Auxiliary towing vehicle and trailer, WW2

Blitz in London -- Auxiliary towing vehicle and trailer, WW2
An example of an Auxiliary towing vehicle and its trailer pump, used during the London Blitz. Such units would have been allocated to sub-stations (under the control of a regular fire station)

Background imageBlitz Collection: City of London handcart with scrap bomb metal, WW2

City of London handcart with scrap bomb metal, WW2
WW2 - City of London Corporation handcart containing scrap metal, including bomb ordinance, Southwark Bridge, London. The cart also contains iron railings and general household metalwork

Background imageBlitz Collection: LFB and the Blitz - Queen Victoria Street

LFB and the Blitz - Queen Victoria Street
The moment that an unsupported front wall of a building, severely damaged by fire, dramatically collapsed into the street

Background imageBlitz Collection: View of City fires from St Pauls Cathedral, WW2

View of City fires from St Pauls Cathedral, WW2
Blitz in London -- view of City fires from St Pauls Cathedral following an air raid

Background imageBlitz Collection: Blitz in London -- rescue workers in bombed street, WW2

Blitz in London -- rescue workers in bombed street, WW2
Blitz in London -- rescue teams and building workers (not firefighters) searching and making safe houses in Sydney Street, East London, after a bombing raid in the East End

Background imageBlitz Collection: Blitz in London -- Greenwich fire station, WW2

Blitz in London -- Greenwich fire station, WW2
Blitz in London -- Greenwich fire station, SE London, suffered extensive bomb damage during the early days of the bombing campaign

Background imageBlitz Collection: Playing a piano amid the destruction - The Blitz

Playing a piano amid the destruction - The Blitz
One of the men working on debris clearance in London succeeded in wresting a tune from this battered piano - circa late 1940

Background imageBlitz Collection: Old Coventry Cathedral

Old Coventry Cathedral
The altar and east end of the cathedral of Saint Michael. Building began in 1373, on the site of an earlier cathedral. Mostly destroyed during the Blitz on 14 November 1940

Background imageBlitz Collection: St. Pauls after Blitz

St. Pauls after Blitz
A bomb site next to St. Pauls Cathedral, London, seen from Bread Street after the World War Two Blitz

Background imageBlitz Collection: Firemen Hosing 1940

Firemen Hosing 1940
Firemen using hoses on the inferno at Eastcheap, London EC, at the height of the Blitz

Background imageBlitz Collection: Blitz in London -- Union Road, Rotherhithe, WW2

Blitz in London -- Union Road, Rotherhithe, WW2
Blitz in London -- a large unexploded parachute bomb lying on a pile of timber at Union Road, Rotherhithe, SE London. Date: 1940s

Background imageBlitz Collection: Blitz in London -- pulling debris clear, WW2

Blitz in London -- pulling debris clear, WW2
Blitz in London -- firefighters pulling debris clear following an air raid. Date: 1940s

Background imageBlitz Collection: Blitz in London -- Glengall Road, Peckham, WW2

Blitz in London -- Glengall Road, Peckham, WW2
Blitz in London -- Glengall Road, Peckham, SE London, 12 September 1940. Date: 1940

Background imageBlitz Collection: Tea break for firefighters, London, WW2

Tea break for firefighters, London, WW2
Tea break for a group of London firefighters, standing by an LCC canteen van. Date: 1940s

Background imageBlitz Collection: Blitz in London -- Saffron Hill, WW2

Blitz in London -- Saffron Hill, WW2
Blitz in London -- men at work in Saffron Hill, City of London, 26 October 1940. Date: 1940

Background imageBlitz Collection: Blitz in London -- Chambers Wharf, Bermondsey, WW2

Blitz in London -- Chambers Wharf, Bermondsey, WW2
Blitz in London -- firefighters in action with fire engines and hosepipes at Chambers Wharf, Bermondsey Wall, on 12 August 1944. Date: 1944

Background imageBlitz Collection: Thurstons Billiards House, Leicester Square - Bombed - 1940

Thurstons Billiards House, Leicester Square - Bombed - 1940
The bombed out remains of Thurstons Billiard House on Leicester Square during the Blitz on London, WWII. The corner building was hit by a parachute mine at 3:30am on 16th October 1940

Background imageBlitz Collection: Blitz in London, ship at Surrey Commercial Docks, WW2

Blitz in London, ship at Surrey Commercial Docks, WW2
A badly damaged cargo ship at the Surrey Commercial Docks complex after being engulfed by the fires caused by heavy bombing raids during the Second World War

Background imageBlitz Collection: A corner of London Wall, City of London. In the foreground is part of St

A corner of London Wall, City of London. In the foreground is part of St, Giles Cripplegate Church, restored after having been burnt out during the Blitz in 1940. Date: early 1960s

Background imageBlitz Collection: Moorgate stoneyard in 1961

Moorgate stoneyard in 1961
View of Moorgate stoneyard, a fragment of the old city with its cobbled streets. In the background is the New Moor House. Date: 1961

Background imageBlitz Collection: WW2 greetings card, London Carries On

WW2 greetings card, London Carries On, by Joseph Bato, official war picture from the National Gallery. Date: circa 1942

Background imageBlitz Collection: Firefighters in action, Rosebery Avenue, WW2

Firefighters in action, Rosebery Avenue, WW2
Firefighters in action in burning debris in Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, London, following a flying bomb attack. Date: 1944



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