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Devastation Collection

Background imageDevastation 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 imageDevastation Collection: British trooper meets French woman on the road to Lille, WW1

British trooper meets French woman on the road to Lille, WW1
A poignant scene captured by the Sphere magazines special artist, Fortunino Matania showing a British trooper riding through a devastated French landscape and stopping to speak to a French woman

Background imageDevastation Collection: WW1 - White Chateau, Hollebeke in ruins

WW1 - White Chateau, Hollebeke in ruins
circa 1910s

Background imageDevastation Collection: Aerial photograph of ruined suburbs, Arras, France, WW1

Aerial photograph of ruined suburbs, Arras, France, WW1
Aerial photograph (Canadian) of the ruined suburbs of Arras in northern France, taken from a kite balloon during the First World War. Date: November 1917

Background imageDevastation Collection: Royal Opera House in Valletta, Malta - Ruins

Royal Opera House in Valletta, Malta - Ruins
Ruins of the Royal Opera House in Valletta, Malta - severely damaged in 1942 following German bombing raids during World War Two and pulled down following the war

Background imageDevastation Collection: Fire at Arding & Hobbs, Clapham Junction

Fire at Arding & Hobbs, Clapham Junction
A fire at the Arding & Hobbs Department Store, Clapham Junction on December 20th, 1909. The store was rebuilt and is still open to this day

Background imageDevastation Collection: Bow Church and Bread Street, London - following WW2 Blitz

Bow Church and Bread Street, London - following WW2 Blitz
Bow Church and Bread Street, London - following the WW2 Blitz on London by the German Luftwaffe. Date: circa 1941

Background imageDevastation Collection: Salonika - damage after French attacks

Salonika - damage after French attacks
The damage caused by bombardment by the French 75th Division close to Doiran on Salonika during the Mediterranean Campaign

Background imageDevastation Collection: WW1 - Chateau Caulaincourt destroyed - Passage over Somme

WW1 - Chateau Caulaincourt destroyed - Passage over Somme
WW1 - Chateau Caulaincourt destroyed (by dynamite by the retreating German forces) - Passage over Somme cleared by British Army. Date: 1917

Background imageDevastation Collection: Bomb damage, London, St Pauls Cathedral from Paternoster Row

Bomb damage, London, St Pauls Cathedral from Paternoster Row
WW2 - Bomb damage in London - St. Pauls Cathedral from Paternoster Row. Date: circa 1943

Background imageDevastation Collection: Berlin, Germany - after WW2 - Town Hall, Konigstrasse

Berlin, Germany - after WW2 - Town Hall, Konigstrasse with Marienkirche in background. Date: circa 1945

Background imageDevastation Collection: Berlin, Germany - after WW2 - Chancellery - Mosaic Hall

Berlin, Germany - after WW2 - Chancellery - Mosaic Hall Date: circa 1945

Background imageDevastation Collection: WW2 Home Front - Bomb Damage in London - Savile Row

WW2 Home Front - Bomb Damage in London - Savile Row
WW2 - Home Front - Bomb Damage in London - Savile Row backing on to Heddon Street - 16th September 1940. Date: 1940

Background imageDevastation Collection: WW2 - Home Front - Young Blitz victim with his cuddly Toy

WW2 - Home Front - Young Blitz victim with his cuddly Toy, salvaged from the wreckage of his bombed-out home. Date: circa 1941

Background imageDevastation Collection: The Great Plague of London

The Great Plague of London
Two men holding handkerchiefs over their noses in an attempt to avoid catching the plague as they hurry through the London Streets

Background imageDevastation Collection: (insert)

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Aftermath of Earthquake and Fire at Messina, Sicily, Italy. The devastating earthquake and tsunami of 27-28th December 1908 measured 7.5 on the richter scale and claimed 100, 000-200

Background imageDevastation Collection: The Louth flood of 1920 or Louth cloud-burst was the severe flash flooding in the

The Louth flood of 1920 or Louth cloud-burst was the severe flash flooding in the
The Louth flood of 1920 or Louth " cloud-burst" was the severe flash flooding in the Lincolnshire market town of Louth which occurred on 29 May 1920

Background imageDevastation Collection: Russian Navy lends aid after the Messina Earthquake

Russian Navy lends aid after the Messina Earthquake
Russian Navy lends aid after the terrible Messina Earthquake, Sicily, Italy. The devastating earthquake and tsunami of 27-28th December 1908 which measured 7.5 on the richter scale claimed 100

Background imageDevastation Collection: Jamaica, Myrtle Bank Hotel, Kingston, after Great Earthquake

Jamaica, Myrtle Bank Hotel, Kingston, after Great Earthquake
Jamaica, Myrtle Bank Hotel, Kingston, after the Great Earthquake of 14th January, 1907. Date: 1907

Background imageDevastation Collection: Domestic Gas Accident - Explosion blows man out through roof

Domestic Gas Accident - Explosion blows man out through roof
Song Titkes Illustrated: " I Arise from my Dreams of Thee". Domestic Gas Accident - An explosion blows a sleeping man out through his roof after his wife has unwisely investigated a strange

Background imageDevastation Collection: Berlin, Germany - after WW2 - Sport Palace, Potsdamerstrasse

Berlin, Germany - after WW2 - Sport Palace, Potsdamerstrasse Date: circa 1945

Background imageDevastation Collection: Earthquake - Damage to the Cathedral, Messina, Sicily

Earthquake - Damage to the Cathedral, Messina, Sicily
Sicily, Italy - 12th Century Norman Cathedral of Messina badly damaged during an earthquake in 1908. King Conrad is buried inside, alongside several archbishops

Background imageDevastation Collection: WW2 - Germany - Bombed-out young girl with her doll

WW2 - Germany - Bombed-out young girl with her doll Date: circa 1945

Background imageDevastation Collection: Adana, Turkey - following the Armenian Massacre of 1909

Adana, Turkey - following the Armenian Massacre of 1909
Adana, Turkey - following the Armenian Massacre of April 1909. A religious-ethnic clash in the city of Adana amidst governmental upheaval

Background imageDevastation Collection: Aerial view of the damaged town centre of Termonde, Belgium

Aerial view of the damaged town centre of Termonde, Belgium
WW1 - poat-war - Aerial view of the damaged town centre of Termonde, Belgium. Date: circa 1919

Background imageDevastation Collection: WW1 - France - Soissons - the damaged front of the Cathedral

WW1 - France - Soissons - the damaged front of the Cathedral. The inset photograph shows the pre-war facade intact). Date: circa 1919

Background imageDevastation Collection: Thessaloniki, Greece - Bombings of Boatmen of Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki, Greece - Bombings of Boatmen of Thessaloniki
The Boatmen of Thessaloniki (or the Assassins of Salonica), were a Bulgarian anarchistic group, active in the Ottoman Empire in the years between 1900 - 1903

Background imageDevastation Collection: WW2 - Bomb Damage to Houses of Parliament, London

WW2 - Bomb Damage to Houses of Parliament, London
In the course of the German bombing of London during the Second World War, the Palace of Westminster was hit by bombs on fourteen separate occasions

Background imageDevastation Collection: Ruins of Saint-Pierre, Martinique - Eruption of Mount Pelee

Ruins of Saint-Pierre, Martinique - Eruption of Mount Pelee
Ruins of Saint-Pierre, Martinique, entirely destroyed by the eruption of Mount Pelee which had been supposed extinct. Date: 1902

Background imageDevastation Collection: Blitz in London -- view from St Pauls Cathedral, WW2

Blitz in London -- view from St Pauls Cathedral, WW2
A view from the roof of St Pauls Cathedral, looking eastwards, showing the devastation following enemy bombing around the cathedral and in Ludgate Hill

Background imageDevastation Collection: Blitz in London -- Oxford Street after an air raid, WW2

Blitz in London -- Oxford Street after an air raid, WW2
Blitz in London -- the aftermath of a nights bombing on Central London and the West End, 18 September 1940. The John Lewis department store (left) was destroyed

Background imageDevastation Collection: Destruction at Albert, Somme, France - WWI

Destruction at Albert, Somme, France - WWI - Ruins of the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Brebieres after several bombardments by the German Forces during the First Battle of the Somme

Background imageDevastation Collection: Aftermath of Earthquake and Fire at Messina, Sicily, Italy

Aftermath of Earthquake and Fire at Messina, Sicily, Italy. The devastating earthquake and tsunami of 27-28th December 1908 measured 7.5 on the richter scale and claimed 100, 000-200

Background imageDevastation Collection: Morrison shelter WWII

Morrison shelter WWII
World War II. Morrison shelter at Shillingford Street, Islington, London, after bomb strike. Man, woman and child uninjured. 28-29 June 1944 Date: 29th June 1944

Background imageDevastation Collection: French Propaganda postcard - WWI

French Propaganda postcard - WWI
A French propaganda card from the end of the First World War, depicting a defiant Marianne, ordering Kaiser Wilhelm II ( The Cruel )

Background imageDevastation Collection: Aerial photograph of Houthulst, Western Front, WW1

Aerial photograph of Houthulst, Western Front, WW1
Aerial photograph (German) of Houthulst (or Houthoulst) Forest on the Western Front in Flanders, devastated after a battle during the First World War. 1914-1918

Background imageDevastation Collection: Devastation around Monchy - Aeroplanes in the sky

Devastation around Monchy - Aeroplanes in the sky
Devastation around Monchy. September 1st 18. Aeroplanes in the sky. 313870 Gunner Vivian John Cummings, Born 31.07.1875, 3Rd Canadian Division, Canadian Expeditionary Force

Background imageDevastation Collection: WW2 - Bomb Damage in London - Coats and Hats left on hooks

WW2 - Bomb Damage in London - Coats and Hats left on hooks
WW2 - " Wheres George?" - Bomb Damage in London - Coats and Hats left on hooks while the floor has disappeared. Date: 1940

Background imageDevastation Collection: China - Shanghai - Devastation following Earthquake

China - Shanghai - Devastation following Earthquake. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageDevastation Collection: China - Shanghai - Residential Quarter following Earthquake

China - Shanghai - Residential Quarter following Earthquake
China - Shanghai - Residential Quarter devastated following an Earthquake Date: circa 1910s

Background imageDevastation Collection: Vermelles in the Pas-de-Calais department - after WW1

Vermelles in the Pas-de-Calais department - after WW1
The severely damaged commune of Vermelles in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France, following WW1. Date: circa 1919

Background imageDevastation Collection: San Francisco Earthquake - Ruins of Buildings

San Francisco Earthquake - Ruins of Buildings
San Francisco Earthquake, USA - Ruins of the Lick House Entrance of the Bullock & Jones Building and the San Francisco Savings Union Building after the Earthquake and fire of 18th April, 1906

Background imageDevastation Collection: San Francisco Earthquake - Ruins on Mason Street

San Francisco Earthquake - Ruins on Mason Street
San Francisco Earthquake, USA - Ruins on Mason Street after the devastating Earthquake of 18th April, 1906. Date: 1906

Background imageDevastation Collection: USA Tea Car providing refreshment for bombed-out famillies

USA Tea Car providing refreshment for bombed-out famillies
WW2 - The morning after - no homes, no gas, or water - but a USA Tea Car is there with hot tea and refreshment to care the children and families affected following the devastating raid

Background imageDevastation Collection: Thessaloniki - Great Fire of 1917

Thessaloniki - Great Fire of 1917
Devastation in Salonica, Greece, during the Great Fire that raged between 18th-19th August 1917. In 32 hours 9500 houses were destroyed.which left more than 70000 people homeless

Background imageDevastation Collection: WW2 - London under fire - bomb damage in King Street

WW2 - London under fire - bomb damage in King Street, St James. Date: circa 1941

Background imageDevastation Collection: WW2 - London under fire - bomb damage in Pall Mall

WW2 - London under fire - bomb damage in Pall Mall, directly opposite St. James Palace. Date: circa 1941



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