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Evacuation Operation Pied Piper    September 1939

 

The Blitz    1940-1941

 

 

 

 

The Observer, 8 September 1940

 

London's night of fires: the beginning of the blitz

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Monday 7 September 2015        06.00 BST

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/from-the-archive-blog/2015/sep/07/blitz-london-september-1940

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Manchester Guardian, 10 September 1940

 

London's night of fires: the beginning of the blitz

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Monday 7 September 2015        06.00 BST

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/from-the-archive-blog/2015/sep/07/blitz-london-september-1940

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A bus is left leaning against the side of a building

in the aftermath of a German bombing raid on London

in the first days of the blitz, 9 September 1940.

 

Photograph: H. F. Davis/Getty Images

 

London's night of fires: the beginning of the blitz

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Monday 7 September 2015        06.00 BST

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/from-the-archive-blog/2015/sep/07/blitz-london-september-1940

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Huge area of debris in London

after heavy German air raid bombing attacks

during the Battle of Britain.

 

Location: London, United Kingdom

Date taken: September 1940

 

Photographer: William Vandivert

 

Life Images

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/l?imgurl=e026a8118435f285

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bus laying inside huge bomb crater in a London street

after heavy German air raid bombing attacks

during the Battle of Britain.

 

Location: London, United Kingdom

Date taken: September 1940

 

Photographer: William Vandivert

Life Images

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/l?imgurl=73f492f6445593a2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Wreckage of bus leaning into huge crater

in front of bombed out buildings,

a result of German aerial blitz attacks

during the Battle of Britain.

 

Location: London, United Kingdom

Date taken: 1940

 

Photographer: William Vandivert

Life Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winston Churchill (L)

standing in ruins of House of Commons debating room

after German blitz air raid.

 

Location: London, United Kingdom

Date taken: May 1941

 

Life Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Standing up gloriously

out of the flames and smoke of surrounding buildings,

St. Paul's Cathedral is pictured

during the great fire raid of Sunday December 29th. 1940.

 

306-NT-3173V.

Pictures of World War II

US National Archives

http://www.archives.gov/research/ww2/photos/images/ww2-85.jpg

http://www.archives.gov/research/ww2/photos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Londoners sleeping underground in subway

for protection during German bombing raids.

 

Location: London, United Kingdom

Date taken: 1941

 

Photographer: Hans Wild

Life Images

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/l?imgurl=6f5b56b6dd847dd0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dancing Through the War

 

How the Royal Ballet

danced on

as the bombs rained down

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2007/feb/15/
dance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

During gas invasion test during WWII,

all civilians and wardens wear gas masks (respirators).

 

Location: London, United Kingdom

Date taken: 1941

 

Photographer: Hans Wild

 

Life Images

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/l?imgurl=e25cfaaf2a26bd0b

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/century/1940-1949/
Story/0,6051,127462,00.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/century/1940-1949/
Story/0,6051,127470,00.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/century/1940-1949/
Story/0,6051,127512,00.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 November 1940

 

Destruction of Coventry / 'Coventration'

 

 

 

 

Prime Minister Winston Churchill

walks . . . through the ruins of Coventry Cathedral . . .

1942.

Photograph. Prints and Photographs Division
(106)    LC-USZ62-16191 Digital ID# cph 3a18421

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/churchill/images/wc0106-3a18421r.jpg

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/churchill/wc-hour.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The morning after an air raid on Coventry in the 1940s.

 

Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

 

Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

 

A tale of twin cities:

how Coventry and Stalingrad invented the concept

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Friday 4 March 2016    07.30 GMt

Last modified on Tuesday 8 March 2016    10.29 GMT

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/mar/04/twin-cities-coventry-stalingrad-war

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/coventry/history/coventry_blitz/

 

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/
slaughter-by-moonlight-the-coventry-blitz-2130231.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/
slaughter-by-moonlight-the-coventry-blitz-2130231.html?action=Gallery

 

https://www.theguardian.com/news/1940/nov/21/
mainsection.fromthearchive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 27 1940

 

Kent

 

Skirmish between

a downed German bomber crew

and a group of British soldiers

 

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/world-war-2/7956015/
Kent-battle-between-German-bomber-crew-and-British-soldiers-marked-after-70-years.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1941

 

British Arrive in the Balkans

 

http://iht-retrospective.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/03/15/
1941-british-arrive-in-the-balkans/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battle of Britain

 

The Blitz        1940-1941

 

Evacuation        Operation Pied Piper        September 1939

 

The Home Front

 

 

 

 

Girl guides and sea rangers selling savings stamps

 

Ted Dearberg/Imperial War Museum

 

The Blitz: rare colour photographs – in pictures

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Friday 10 July 2015        07.00 BST

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2015/jul/10/
the-blitz-rare-colour-photographs-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children being evacuated from the city

during the ongoing German bombing blitz,

aka the Battle of Britain.

 

Location: United Kingdom

 

Date taken: 1940

 

Photographer: Hans Wild

 

Life Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children being evacuated from the city

during the ongoing German bombing blitz,

aka the Battle of Britain.

 

Location: United Kingdom

 

Date taken: 1940

 

Photographer: Hans Wild

 

Life Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jean Cardy, third from left behind hatless girl,

waiting for the train with her classmates.

 

Photograph: Getty Images

 

That’s me in the picture:

Jean Cardy being evacuated to Surrey, 1939

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Friday 6 March 2015        16.00 GMT

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/mar/06/
thats-me-picture-jean-cardy-classmates-evacuated-surrey-1939 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Home Front in Photographs

Sutton Publishing, £19.99

The Guardian        p. 10        30.10.2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/the-blitz 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/from-the-archive-blog/2015/sep/07/
blitz-london-september-1940

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/gallery/2015/sep/02/
hand-coloured-bomb-damage-maps-london-in-pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/sep/02/
blitz-london-bomb-sites-redevelopment

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/31/
battle-of-britain-won-german-ineptitude-british-heroism

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2015/08/11/431536978/
in-london-a-bomb-in-the-basement-stirs-memories-of-the-blitz

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2015/jul/10/
the-blitz-rare-colour-photographs-in-pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/mar/06/
thats-me-picture-jean-cardy-classmates-evacuated-surrey-1939

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/gallery/2010/sep/24/london-tube-station-blitz-gallery

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2010/sep/07/british-pathe-archive-blitz

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/17/world/europe/17freeborn.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/
personal-memories-from-battle-of-britain-veterans-2079951.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/sep/10/
alexander-chancellor-surviving-the-blitz

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/video/2010/sep/08/
the-blitz-in-colour-video

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2010/sep/07/
british-pathe-archive-blitz

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/sep/07/
remembering-the-blitz-francis-beckett

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/sep/07/
remembering-the-blitz-liverpool-lloyd

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/sep/07/
remembering-the-blitz-london-caley

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/sep/07/
remembering-the-blitz-manchester-roberts

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/sep/07/
remembering-the-blitz-london-fox

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/sep/07/
remembering-the-blitz-coventry

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/sep/07/
remembering-the-blitz-london-crowther

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/sep/07/
remembering-the-blitz-london-james

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/sep/07/
remembering-the-blitz-london-warschauer

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/video/2010/sep/06/
blitz-london-coventry-anniversary-second-world-war-bombing

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xpBneBRDwI&feature=channel

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/06/
blitz-second-world-war

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/world-war-2/7986187/
Anniversary-of-the-Blitz-I-thought-I-cannot-be-alive.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/britainatwar/7986047/
Anniversary-images-bring-the-Blitz-up-to-date.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newsvideo/7980357/
Rare-colour-footage-of-Winston-Churchill-and-King.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newsvideo/7980357/
Rare-colour-footage-of-Winston-Churchill-and-King.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/
exhibition-marks-blitz-and-dresden-bombings-2071949.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/aug/29/
blitz-london-crime-flourish-blackout

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/aug/31/
second-world-war-blitz-survivor

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/britainatwar/
britainatwarreadersmemories/4512474/Britain-at-War-evacuees-1939.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2009/aug/30/
unnamed-woman-second-world-war

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/aug/08/
family-life

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/06/
battle-of-britain

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/britain_wwtwo/blitz_01.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/categories/c1162/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/97/a2296497.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/20/a4027420.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/britain_wwtwo/evacuees_01.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/40/a2286740.shtml

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8229175.stm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/britain_wwtwo/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/ww2outbreak/7921.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/ww2outbreak/7925.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/ww2outbreak/7922.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/ww2outbreak/7939.shtml

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/june/4/newsid_3500000/3500865.stm

http://www.guardian.co.uk/secondworldwar/story/0,,2171148,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/secondworldwar/story/0,,1887666,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2007/sep/17/secondworldwar

http://www.guardian.co.uk/fromthearchive/story/0,,1787239,00.html

 http://www.guardian.co.uk/fromthearchive/story/0,,1785166,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/fromthearchive/story/0,,1770013,00.html 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/fromthearchive/story/0,12269,1305124,00.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/fromthearchive/story/0,12269,1298985,00.html

http://century.guardian.co.uk/1940-1949/Story/0,6051,128255,00.html

http://century.guardian.co.uk/1940-1949/Story/0,6051,127361,00.html

http://century.guardian.co.uk/1940-1949/Story/0,6051,127366,00.html

http://century.guardian.co.uk/1940-1949/Story/0,6051,127406,00.html

http://century.guardian.co.uk/1940-1949/Story/0,6051,127412,00.html

 

http://century.guardian.co.uk/1940-1949/Story/0,6051,127462,00.html

http://century.guardian.co.uk/1940-1949/Story/0,6051,127470,00.html

https://www.theguardian.com/century/1940-1949/Story/0,6051,127512,00.html 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The meticulously hand-coloured

bomb damage maps of London – in pictures

 

The devastation

wrought on the capital by the blitz

was documented

by the architect’s department

of London County Council.

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/gallery/2015/sep/02/
hand-coloured-bomb-damage-maps-london-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 September 1940

 

London Blitz

 

The first day

of the German bombardment of London

that lasted 76 consecutive nights

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/06/blitz-night-fire-new-war

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/06/blitz-night-fire-new-war

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2010/sep/06/blitz-second-world-war-map

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/sep/06/london-blitz-bomb-map-september-7-1940

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/sep/07/remembering-the-blitz-francis-beckett

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/events/germany_bombs_london#p0091xz2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INF 13/281 (10)

WWII poster:

Firebomb Fritz campaign: Britain Shall Not Burn

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/imagelibrary/ww2/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/war/wwtwo/holocaust_overview_01.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/timelines/britain/cen_ww_two.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/timelines/england/ear20_wwtwo.shtml

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/imagelibrary/ww2/ 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/britainatwar/5983711/
Second-World-War-posters.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/war/wwtwo/war_adverts_gallery.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/war/wwtwo/blitz_01.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/war/wwtwo/evacuees_01.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/war/wwtwo/churchill_audio.shtml 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/
flower_shows/hampton_court_2005/hcgrowyourown_index.shtml

https://www.iwm.org.uk/

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/nov/12/
topstories3.secondworldwar

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/nov/12/
secondworldwar.world

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/chamberlain_arthur_neville.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/timelines/britain/cen_munich.shtml   

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/century/year/
0,6050,128341,00.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/secondworldwar/
fromthearchive/0,15744,1398350,00.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/1945/sep/03/
japan.secondworldwar

 

https://www.theguardian.com/century/1940-1949/
Story/0,6051,127505,00.html  -
-  8 December 1941

 

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/1941/jan/22/
past.secondworldwar

 

https://www.theguardian.com/news/1940/dec/19/
mainsection.fromthearchive

 

https://www.theguardian.com/news/1940/may/08/
mainsection.fromthearchive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UK / British Empire > WW2 >

Evacuation Operation Pied Piper (September 1939),

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Germany, Europe > Antisemitism, Adolf Hitler, Nazi era, Holocaust

 

 

 

 

 

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genocide, war,

weapons, espionage, torture

 

 

 

 

 

Related

 

British Pathé

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/series/british-path

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2010/oct/02/british-pathe-archive

 

 

 

 

Germany: National Socialism and World War II

http://eudocs.lib.byu.edu/index.php/Germany:_National_Socialism_and_World_War_II

http://eudocs.lib.byu.edu/index.php/History_of_Germany:_Primary_Documents

 

 

 

 

A lost heritage:

Nazi pictures reveal full devastation wreaked by allied bombers

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/10/secondworldwar.germany

http://www.fotomarburg.de/

 

 

 

 

United Kingdom > Second World War > Images > Posters

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/imagelibrary/ww2/default.htm

 

 

 

 

Second World War posters

 

Seventy years after the radio announcement

that informed the nation that Britain was at war,

Imperial War Museum London is mounting Outbreak 1939,

a new special exhibition, which will explore

the build-up to and preparations for war, from August 20.

 

Terry Charman, senior Imperial War Museum Historian,

describes some of the iconic posters from 1939.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/britainatwar/5983711/
Second-World-War-posters.html

 

 

 

 

enemy propaganda

 

National Archives

publish wartime propaganda in online gallery        13 June 2012

Hundreds of images of war art including posters

and a portrait of the future queen are released online

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:
War_art_in_The_National_Archives_%28United_Kingdom%29

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jun/13/national-archives-wartime-propaganda-gallery

 

 

 

 

Ministry of Food Posters

 

A new exhibition

at London's Imperial War Museum (Feb 12 to Jan 3 2011)

pays tribute to a nation's creativity and resourcefulness

in the face of wartime – and peacetime – food rationing.

 

Here is some of the eye-catching British Government propaganda

used on the 'Kitchen Front' during that time.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/picturegalleries/7165696/
Vintage-Ministry-of-Food-posters.html

 

 

 

 

The following posters were all used during the Second World War

to encourage austerity and stoicism on Britain's home front.

 

They form part of an exhibition at the Museum of Brands in London

entitled Make Do and Mend

(www.museumofbrands.com ;

020 79080880; 2 Colville Mews, Lonsdale Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2AR).

The exhibition runs until November 29, 2010.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/festivalsandevents/6615752/
Waste-Not-Want-Not-wartime-posters.html
 

 

 

 

Britain at War: Readers' Memories

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/britainatwar/britainatwarreadersmemories/

 

 

 

 

The Guardian > Second World War

 

Second world war > Holocaust

http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2009/sep/09/second-world-war

 

Second world war > Stalingrad

http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2009/sep/08/second-world-war

 

Second World War > Liberation

http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2009/sep/10/second-world-war

 

Second World War > Aftermath

http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2009/sep/11/second-world-war

 

 

 

 

BBC Archive

http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/index.shtml

http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/ww2outbreak/7970.shtml