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Background imageRaids 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 imageRaids Collection: Little Turtle / Miami

Little Turtle / Miami
Chief of the Miami tribe who led a number of raids on settlers in the Northwest Territory. He was forced to sign the Treaty of Greenville in 1795

Background imageRaids 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 imageRaids 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 imageRaids 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 imageRaids 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 imageRaids Collection: Gotha Bomber

Gotha Bomber
The German Gotha bomber : there were several variants of this plane, but this is probably the earliest, the G1. Later models carried out air raids on England

Background imageRaids Collection: HENRY MORGAN 1635-1688

HENRY MORGAN 1635-1688
Sir Henry Morgan, a Welsh buccaneer in the English service, carrying out many raids on the Spanish, favoured by Charles II and appointed Governor of Jamaica

Background imageRaids Collection: Back Them Up - World War Two poster

Back Them Up - World War Two poster
World War Two poster depicting British bombers (they look like the Bristol Beaufort) carrying out a daytime bombing raid on the city of Berlin

Background imageRaids Collection: Card commemorating Zeebrugge and Ostend raid, WW1

Card commemorating Zeebrugge and Ostend raid, WW1
Card commemorating British raids on German shipping at Zeebrugge and Ostend, 23 April 1918. Date: 1918

Background imageRaids 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 imageRaids Collection: Ramsgate tunnels as air raid shelters, WWII

Ramsgate tunnels as air raid shelters, WWII
At a depth of 90 feet below the surface an entrance in Ramsgate leads to long tunnels and chambers carved out of the chalk cliffs

Background imageRaids Collection: Air Raid Shelter Poster

Air Raid Shelter Poster
Metropolitan Police poster with information on air raid shelters in Brentford, London, during World War I

Background imageRaids 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 imageRaids 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 imageRaids Collection: Threat of Zeppelin gas-bag or terror - which? 1915

Threat of Zeppelin gas-bag or terror - which? 1915
Cartoon showing Kaisers head on the front of a Zeppelin airship, during World War One. German Zeppelins first successful raid was on the night of 1920 January 1915, in which two Zeppelins

Background imageRaids 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 imageRaids Collection: Blitz in London -- Winkleys Wharf, Millwall, WW2

Blitz in London -- Winkleys Wharf, Millwall, WW2
Blitz in London -- Winkleys Wharf, Millwall, 22 March 1944. Showing firefighters in action on barrels of paraffin wax. Date: 1944

Background imageRaids Collection: King and Queen tour West London raid damage

King and Queen tour West London raid damage
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth talking to Mrs Eals who was saved by taking cover in an Anderson shelter when her house was bombed during an air raid in September 1940

Background imageRaids Collection: First Zeppelin air raid on London, 1915

First Zeppelin air raid on London, 1915
First Zeppelin air raid on London, during World War I 1915

Background imageRaids Collection: Haig Inspects Sailors

Haig Inspects Sailors
Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig inspecting sailors who took part in the raids on Ostend and Zeebrugge

Background imageRaids Collection: Bomb crater in Warsaw street, September 1939

Bomb crater in Warsaw street, September 1939
Large bomb crater in a Warsaw street next to a house that appears structurally intact, despite losing its windows in the blast which came as a result of German siege

Background imageRaids Collection: WW2, Homes For Evacuated Children

WW2, Homes For Evacuated Children
This illustration shows a mother providing meals and a place to live for poor children who have been rendered homeless by WW2 raids. Date: circa 1941

Background imageRaids Collection: Air raid cartoon

Air raid cartoon
Cartoon depicting Oxford Circus tube station during an air raid. Date: 1940

Background imageRaids Collection: Britain's three Principal Bombing Aircraft 1940

Britain's three Principal Bombing Aircraft 1940
The Hampden, Wellington and Whitley of the bomber command, R.A.F. which were carrying out nightly raids over German-occupied territory. Date: December 1940

Background imageRaids Collection: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visiting the East End of London, which suffered fierce bombing

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visiting the East End of London, which suffered fierce bombing. They walked over debris examined the damage

Background imageRaids Collection: Londoners sleeping in the Underground during the Blitz

Londoners sleeping in the Underground during the Blitz
German bombing campaign against Britain between September 1940 and May 1941 mainly targeting London and industrial places

Background imageRaids Collection: How to Make Roof-Spotting a Pleasure

How to Make Roof-Spotting a Pleasure
William Heath Robinson invention for keeping watch from attack. A warden perched up high above the streets with an umbrella for protection, tea-cup-holder and an easy chair. Date: 1941

Background imageRaids Collection: Guernica after bombing, Spanish Civil War, 1937

Guernica after bombing, Spanish Civil War, 1937
Photograph showing the Basque town of Guernica after the Nationalist air raids, 1937. Guernica was in Republican territory when Franco's Nationalist airforce combined with the German Condor

Background imageRaids Collection: WW2 era - Comic Postcard - The Home Front

WW2 era - Comic Postcard - The Home Front
The Caption is The Home Front. WW2 was the first war in which all the people back at home were directly involved. Bombing raids brought death and destruction

Background imageRaids Collection: Clearing debris during the Blitz

Clearing debris during the Blitz
This image was generated using WaterMark, designed and engineered by HighWater Designs Ltd

Background imageRaids Collection: Famous London Buildings Damaged in Recent Raids

Famous London Buildings Damaged in Recent Raids
Page from the Illustrated London News reporting on famous buildings damaged by air raids including St. Mary-le-Bow, St. Bride Street, Westminster Abbey and the Great Hall

Background imageRaids Collection: Life below stairs, 1940

Life below stairs, 1940
Life below stairs article in Britannia & Eve, November 1940, about living with air raids during World War Two. Date: 1940

Background imageRaids Collection: ARP Warden in uniform, September 1939

ARP Warden in uniform, September 1939
An ARP warden wearing anti-gas clothing, knee-high impermeable boots and a metal helmet. This warden was in charge of the protection of a hotel in London. Date: 1939

Background imageRaids Collection: The ARP Wardens Suit, September 1939

The ARP Wardens Suit, September 1939
Female ARP warden modelling " the latest" wartime suit with a helmet. From October 1939, ARP uniforms featuring bluette overalls were issued however until then an ARP warden would wear

Background imageRaids Collection: Baby lying down with gas mask on, September 1939

Baby lying down with gas mask on, September 1939
Baby lying in their specialised baby gas mask as someone operates the pumping valve in the background. The image was drawn after a special demonstration of the respirator

Background imageRaids Collection: Sandbags protecting statue of the Black Prince, Sept 1939

Sandbags protecting statue of the Black Prince, Sept 1939
As one of the many precautionary measures taken to protect Canterbury Cathedral from bombing, the statue and grave of the Black Prince was surrounded by neatly piled sandbags. Date: 1939

Background imageRaids Collection: Burying the stalls of Canterbury Cathedral Nave, Sept 1939

Burying the stalls of Canterbury Cathedral Nave, Sept 1939
Men burying the stalls of the nave in Canterbury Cathedral in order to protect them from air raid damage. The Sphere describes how a train was used to transport the tons of earth to the Cathedral for

Background imageRaids Collection: Huge blinds used to camouflage a factory, Sept 1939

Huge blinds used to camouflage a factory, Sept 1939
Huge dark blinds used to camouflage an entire factory on an A-road just outside of London. Blackout regulations were imposed two days before the outbreak of war to make the factory less visible to

Background imageRaids Collection: Canterbury Cathedral Crypt supports, September 1939

Canterbury Cathedral Crypt supports, September 1939
Photograph of the 843-year-old crypt of Canterbury Cathedral in which the apex of the vaulting has been supported with a series of wooden beams as a precaution against potential air raid damage

Background imageRaids Collection: Map showing the distances between cities 1939

Map showing the distances between cities 1939
Map showing the distance from Moscow, Danzig, Warsaw, Berlin and Venice in relation to London in order to highlight the likelihood of air raids. 1939

Background imageRaids Collection: College boys returning to Eton with gas masks, Sept 1939

College boys returning to Eton with gas masks, Sept 1939
Boys returning to Eton to resume their education after the Summer holidays, shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War earlier that month. Each boy carries a gas mask and wears a top hat

Background imageRaids Collection: Machine painting road lines, September 1939

Machine painting road lines, September 1939
Three men using a " new gadget" to mechanically paint broken white lines down the centre of a London road. These white lines were introduced shortly after the outbreak of war to prevent

Background imageRaids Collection: The West End in blackout, September 1939

The West End in blackout, September 1939
Photograph of the West End in blackout, shortly after the outbreak of war in September 1939. The Sphere describes the sight as " extraordinarily eerie". 1939

Background imageRaids Collection: Air raid precautions at Westminster Abbey, September 1939

Air raid precautions at Westminster Abbey, September 1939
Selection of pictures detailing the precautions in place for the protection of Westminster Abbey during the war. This included; a fire squad to patrol the cloisters

Background imageRaids Collection: Three men at the cinema with their gas masks, September 1939

Three men at the cinema with their gas masks, September 1939
Three men queuing for the cinema with their gas masks, next to a sign informing cinema-goers that an announcement will be made from the stage if an air raid occurs

Background imageRaids Collection: Mother searching for her belongings in debris 1939

Mother searching for her belongings in debris 1939
Mother searching for her belongings as her children watch in the debris of her home in Warsaw, having been hit in a German air raid in the first few weeks of the German invasion of Poland. Date: 1939

Background imageRaids Collection: Aftermath of an incendiary bomb in Poland 1939

Aftermath of an incendiary bomb in Poland 1939
Polish civilians as they deal with a fire caused by an incendiary bomb in Poland. The Sphere contextualises the man on the left; describing him as a butcher whose daughter had been injured in an



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