Thursday, December 30, 2010

recalling the blitz

The History Channel screened a 2-hour program yesterday on the Luftwaffe's bombing raid on London of 29 December 1940, 70 years ago, which destroyed a square mile of London, mostly around St Paul's Cathedral, but miraculously didn't touch the cathedral itself. The program, which features commentary and reconstructions of those involved on the ground, vividly demonstrates the horror of the experience.

Although a major raid, it was only one of a series that lasted from September 1940 to May 1941, and after that V1 and V2 rockets were fired at England until near the end of the war in 1945. This Daily Mail webpage has more pictures.

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