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Blitz Collection

Background imageBlitz Collection: Mr. Churchill contemplates the ruins of the House of Commons, bombed in May 1941, 1941

Mr. Churchill contemplates the ruins of the House of Commons, bombed in May 1941, 1941 (1955). Incendiary bombs which fell on the nights of 10

Background imageBlitz Collection: Those who went to shelters began a new kind of night-life, 11th November, 1940, 1942

Those who went to shelters began a new kind of night-life, 11th November, 1940, 1942. London residents taking shelter in Elephant and Castle tube station during the World War II

Background imageBlitz Collection: It Was Her Business To Get There, c1941 (1942)

It Was Her Business To Get There, c1941 (1942). A girl Ambulance Driver sets out through the blitz. From Frontline 1940-1941. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1942]

Background imageBlitz Collection: Thousands Were Suddenly Made Homeless, c1940 (1942)

Thousands Were Suddenly Made Homeless, c1940 (1942). Families made homeless by the blitz of World War II. From Frontline 1940-1941. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1942]

Background imageBlitz Collection: AI IMAGE - Portrait of Sir Winston Churchill standing in bomb-damaged London street, 1940s, (2023)

AI IMAGE - Portrait of Sir Winston Churchill standing in bomb-damaged London street, 1940s, (2023). Politician and statesman Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Background imageBlitz Collection: Children Leaving London for the Country, 1943. Creator: Unknown

Children Leaving London for the Country, 1943. Creator: Unknown
Children Leaving London for the Country, 1943. British evacuees escape bombs during the Second World War. From "Women's Institutes, by Cicely McCall. [Collins, London, 1943]

Background imageBlitz Collection: The Prime Minister Visits Londons Docks, c1940, (1945). Creator: Unknown

The Prime Minister Visits Londons Docks, c1940, (1945). Creator: Unknown
The Prime Minister Visits Londons Docks, c1940, (1945). British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine (1880-1977)

Background imageBlitz Collection: Bombed site, Hampstead, 1951. Creator: Shirley Markham

Bombed site, Hampstead, 1951. Creator: Shirley Markham
Bombed site, Hampstead, 1951. Empty lot in London after World War Two bombing. Shirley Markham (1931-1999) studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Central School of Art in London from 1950-1952

Background imageBlitz Collection: Battles Setting Out on a Job During the Blitz, 1939-1940, (1941). Creator: Unknown

Battles Setting Out on a Job During the Blitz, 1939-1940, (1941). Creator: Unknown
Battles Setting Out on a Job During the Blitz, 1939-1940, (1941). From Fighter Pilot - A Personal Record of the Campaign in France. September 8th, 1939, to June 13th, 1940. [B. T. Batsford Ltd

Background imageBlitz Collection: Air raid damage, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, World War II, April 1940

Air raid damage, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, World War II, April 1940. The first British casualties of the German bombing of England occurred at Clacton on 30 April 1940

Background imageBlitz Collection: Paper seller down in the underground, London, c. 1940

Paper seller down in the underground, London, c. 1940
Paper seller down in the underground, London. c.1940. (Colorised black and white print)

Background imageBlitz Collection: People made homeless by German bombing, Liverpool, World War II, 1941

People made homeless by German bombing, Liverpool, World War II, 1941. Carrying whatever belongings they have been able to salvage

Background imageBlitz Collection: The Barbican area of the City of London, World War II, 1942. Artists: Arthur Cross

The Barbican area of the City of London, World War II, 1942. Artists: Arthur Cross
The Barbican area of the City of London, World War II, 1942. View showing the devastation following the demolition of unsafe buildings damaged by German bombing

Background imageBlitz Collection: View looking south down Walbrook after an air raid, City of London, World War II, 1941

View looking south down Walbrook after an air raid, City of London, World War II, 1941. The photograph shows the street impassable with rubble

Background imageBlitz Collection: View from St Pauls Cathedral towards Southwark Bridge, London, World War II, 1942

View from St Pauls Cathedral towards Southwark Bridge, London, World War II, 1942. The photograph shows the extent of Luftwaffe bomb damage following the demolition of unsafe buildings

Background imageBlitz Collection: Interior view of Middle Temple Hall, City of London, after an air raid, c1941. Artist

Interior view of Middle Temple Hall, City of London, after an air raid, c1941. Artist
Interior view of Middle Temple Hall, City of London, after an air raid, c1941. The floor is strewn with rubble and the sky is visible through a large hole in the ceiling

Background imageBlitz Collection: View of Newgate Street, City of London, showing air raid damage, c1944

View of Newgate Street, City of London, showing air raid damage, c1944, probably taken from St Pauls Cathedral

Background imageBlitz Collection: Air raid damage at Church of St Mildred, Bread Street, City of London, c1941. Artist

Air raid damage at Church of St Mildred, Bread Street, City of London, c1941. Artist
Interior view of Church of St Mildred, Bread Street, City of London, c1941, after an air raid, with figures clearing the debris

Background imageBlitz Collection: Holborn Viaduct, City of London, showing air raid damage, c1944

Holborn Viaduct, City of London, showing air raid damage, c1944

Background imageBlitz Collection: Putting barrage ballons into a hangar, 1943

Putting barrage ballons into a hangar, 1943
Putting the balloons to bed in giant hangars is part of the intensive training undertaken by balloon operators. From Roof Over Britain. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1943]

Background imageBlitz Collection: On target! - A 3. 7 inch gun detachment at battle practice, 1943

On target! - A 3. 7 inch gun detachment at battle practice, 1943
On target! - A 3.7 gun detachment at battle practice, 1943. From Roof Over Britain. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1943]

Background imageBlitz Collection: Anti-aircraft women of the ATS operating an identification telescope, 1943

Anti-aircraft women of the ATS operating an identification telescope, 1943. From Roof Over Britain. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1943]

Background imageBlitz Collection: General Sir Frederick Pile, Commander-in-Chief, Anti-Aircraft Command, 1943

General Sir Frederick Pile, Commander-in-Chief, Anti-Aircraft Command, 1943. From Roof Over Britain. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1943]

Background imageBlitz Collection: Woman of the WaF handling a barrage balloon, 1943

Woman of the WaF handling a barrage balloon, 1943. The WaF takes over. The handling of barrage balloon requires skill, team-work and considerable physical strength. From Roof Over Britain

Background imageBlitz Collection: Elephants child. A searchlight of 210, 000, 000 candle-power probes the night sky with its beam

Elephants child. A searchlight of 210, 000, 000 candle-power probes the night sky with its beam, 1943. From Roof Over Britain. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1943]

Background imageBlitz Collection: Women on duty on an anti-aircraft battery, 1943

Women on duty on an anti-aircraft battery, 1943.The girls cannot be beaten in action, said the officer commanding a mixed battery. They are quite as steady, if not steadier, than the men

Background imageBlitz Collection: The dust settles, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton

The dust settles, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
The dust settles, 1941. From Air of Glory, by Cecil Beaton. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1941]

Background imageBlitz Collection: Show cases in the Natural History Museum, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton

Show cases in the Natural History Museum, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
Show cases in the Natural History Museum, 1941. From Air of Glory, by Cecil Beaton. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1941]

Background imageBlitz Collection: Collector of old glass, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton

Collector of old glass, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
Collector of old glass, 1941. From Air of Glory, by Cecil Beaton. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1941]

Background imageBlitz Collection: St. Mary-le-Bow after the first blitz. It is now destroyed, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton

St. Mary-le-Bow after the first blitz. It is now destroyed, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
St. Mary-le-Bow after the first blitz. It is now destroyed, 1941. From Air of Glory, by Cecil Beaton. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1941]

Background imageBlitz Collection: East End family, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton

East End family, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
East End family, 1941. From Air of Glory, by Cecil Beaton. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1941]

Background imageBlitz Collection: Fireman, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton

Fireman, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
Fireman, 1941. From Air of Glory, by Cecil Beaton. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1941]

Background imageBlitz Collection: Blankets for the homeless, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton

Blankets for the homeless, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
Blankets for the homeless, 1941. From Air of Glory, by Cecil Beaton. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1941]

Background imageBlitz Collection: Apocalypse, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton

Apocalypse, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
Apocalypse, 1941. The twin clock towers of St Pauls Cathedral is seen through the bomb damage. From Air of Glory, by Cecil Beaton. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1941]

Background imageBlitz Collection: Against the ruins, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton

Against the ruins, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
Against the ruins, 1941. From Air of Glory, by Cecil Beaton. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1941]

Background imageBlitz Collection: These fragments (St. Lawrence Jewry), 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton

These fragments (St. Lawrence Jewry), 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
These fragments (St. Lawrence Jewry), 1941. The church of St Lawrence Jewry in the City of London badly damaged during the Blitz on 29th December 1940. From Air of Glory, by Cecil Beaton

Background imageBlitz Collection: The King and Queen survey bomb damage, Buckingham Palace, London, WWII, 1940

The King and Queen survey bomb damage, Buckingham Palace, London, WWII, 1940. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth looking at the aftermath of a German bombing raid on 11 September 1940 which destroyed

Background imageBlitz Collection: The Family Must Eat, c1940 (1942)

The Family Must Eat, c1940 (1942). An East End family cook a meal for the family from the ruined house across the street (visible through the window)

Background imageBlitz Collection: To Sit There And Carry On as though nothing was happening outside was not easy, 1941 (1942)

To Sit There And Carry On as though nothing was happening outside was not easy, 1941 (1942). G.P.O and Control Centre telephonists were called upon to do their ordinary jobs coolly

Background imageBlitz Collection: There Was Noting He Did Not Do, from moving people out of threatened shelters to mounting guard ove

There Was Noting He Did Not Do, from moving people out of threatened shelters to mounting guard over unexploded bombs, 1941 (1942)

Background imageBlitz Collection: The W. V. S. Did Many Jobs. Here is a W. V. S. woman managing a field kitchen, c1941 (1942)

The W. V. S. Did Many Jobs. Here is a W. V. S. woman managing a field kitchen, c1941 (1942)
The W.V.S. Did Many Jobs. Here is a W.V.S. woman managing a field kitchen, c1941 (1942). From Frontline 1940-1941. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1942]

Background imageBlitz Collection: Belfast: Childrens Ward. The enemys attack was directed against the whole life of the people,

Belfast: Childrens Ward. The enemys attack was directed against the whole life of the people, their homes, hospitals, churches, their food, their daily work, 1941 (1942)

Background imageBlitz Collection: The Good Neighbour, c1941 (1942)

The Good Neighbour, c1941 (1942). A female Air Raid Warden comforts a victim of the blitz. Air Raid Precautions (ARP) was an organisation in the United Kingdom set up as an aid in the prelude to

Background imageBlitz Collection: The People Rally To The Peoples Need: Clydeside Feeds Its Homeless, 1941 (1942)

The People Rally To The Peoples Need: Clydeside Feeds Its Homeless, 1941 (1942). As a result of the raids on the nights of 13th and 14th March 1941

Background imageBlitz Collection: South Wales had its turn early in the New Year. A stretcher party carries a casualty to safety, 19

South Wales had its turn early in the New Year. A stretcher party carries a casualty to safety, 1941 (1942). The toll on the night of 2 January 1941 saw 165 people killed and 427 more injured

Background imageBlitz Collection: And the heat of Battle. 1941 (1942)

And the heat of Battle. 1941 (1942). Merchants Road, Clifton. On 3rd & 4th January 1941 Bristol had its longest raid lasting 12 hours; during the raid the Luftwaffe dropped their biggest bomb

Background imageBlitz Collection: Nine Hours of Bombing. When Sheffields turn came it was mid-winter. 1940 (1942)

Nine Hours of Bombing. When Sheffields turn came it was mid-winter. 1940 (1942). A department store on Sheffield High Street, 12th December, 1940

Background imageBlitz Collection: In the Cold of Winter Arctic weather added new trials to the task of civil defence, 1941 (1942)

In the Cold of Winter Arctic weather added new trials to the task of civil defence, 1941 (1942). On 3rd & 4th January 1941 Bristol had its longest raid lasting 12 hours; during the raid the Luftwaffe



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