09 November 2007

The Battle of Britain

From September 1940 to May 1941, cities all over the United Kingdom, starting with London (57 days in a row), sustained heavy bombing from German aircraft. By the end of the Blitz, over 43,000 British civilians were dead.

Holborn Circus burning

St. Paul's Cathedral in smoke

A German Heinkels 111 over the River Thames

London's dock area and Tower Bridge

Evacuating children passed by arriving troops

Aircraft spotter on a London rooftop

London Necropolis Railway Station

Southeast air raid shelter

Double decker silhouetted against fire

Life carries on

(Photo credits: U.S. National Archives)