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Remembering The Blitz, 70 years on

An Observer Corps Spotter on a rooftop in London.
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After failing to defeat the RAF in the Battle of Britain, the Luftwaffe turned to night bombing raids against London and other British cities. The ‘Blitz’, as it became known, aimed to disrupt production and break morale. London was the main target and suffered the heaviest bombing but, by the end of the war, there was hardly a large city or town in Britain that had not come under attack.

Imperial War Museum website

The bombing raids started on London on the afternoon of September 7th, 1940. At The Guardian newspaper site, you can find an interactive guide detailing all the raids that took pace from them until the middle of May 1941. You can also find links to newsreel footage from the time.

At the Imperial War Museum Site, they have a section devoted to the year 1940, Britain’s Finest Hour, to paraphrase Winston Churchill.

If you’re anything like me and were hopeless at History, these are two very worthwhile sites to take a look at and learn from.

Strange Random Churchill Quote:

Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty and so bear ourselves that if the British Commonwealth and Empire lasts for a thousand years, men will still say “This was their finest hour” – Winston Churchill


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