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In Pictures: the Blitz

It is 75 years since the start of the Blitz, yet the impact of the bombs that fell on major British cities continues to resonate and define a nation...

WHEN BRITAIN KEPT CALM...

ALAMY X3, GETTY X2, PRESS ASSOCIATION X2

AT A GLANCE

Between 7 September 1940 and May 1941, major British cities and industrial centres came under heavy, sustained bombardment from Adolf Hitler’s air force – the Luftwaffe. As thousands of bombs fell, an estimated 43,000 people, predominantly civilian, were killed and significantly more made homeless. Yet the Blitz (short for Blitzkrieg – or ‘lightning war’) failed to break British spirits or cripple the war effort, so after eight months, Hitler had no option but to abandon his plans to invade Britain and shift his attention to the German eastern front.

DIY SHELTERS

Even before World War II began, people got ready for air raids by constructing Anderson shelters

ASSEMBLING AN ANDERSON

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