Weird History 24 Haunting Pictures Of The Aftermath Of Nazi Germany's Blitzkrieg Over London  

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From 1940-1941, Germany launched a lightning war, or Blitzkrieg, from the air over London. Beginning on September 7, 1940, Germany blitzed London for 56 days in a row, dropping bombs under cover of darkness as well as in the light of day. During that time, Londoners became accustomed to the sound of the air raid sirens, as they rushed to shelters in the London underground. While the damage enacted on London can't be overstated, London wasn't the only city to experience an unending blitz from the air. Other British port cities including Liverpool, Bristol, Swansea, and Birmingham, among many others, were also devastated by aerial assault.

This list brings together photos taken in England throughout the 1940s, from the beginning of the Blitz in 1940 until the post-war clean-up efforts that began in the middle of the decade. 

Homeless Children In East London, 1940


Homeless Children In East Lond... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 24 Haunting Pictures Of The Aftermath Of Nazi Germany's Blitzkrieg Over London
Photo:  Sue Wallace/via Wikimedia Commons

Smoke Rising On The River Thames, 1940


Smoke Rising On The River Tham... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 24 Haunting Pictures Of The Aftermath Of Nazi Germany's Blitzkrieg Over London
Photo: National Archives and Records Administration/via Wikimedia Commons

Air Raid Shelter, London, 1940s


Air Raid Shelter, London, 1940... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 24 Haunting Pictures Of The Aftermath Of Nazi Germany's Blitzkrieg Over London
Photo: US National Archives and Records Administration/via Wikimedia Commons

Blitz Repair Squad Washing Up, London, 1944


Blitz Repair Squad Washing Up,... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 24 Haunting Pictures Of The Aftermath Of Nazi Germany's Blitzkrieg Over London
Photo: Ministry of Information Photo Division/via Wikimedia Commons