London during the Second World War and the Blitz.
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Bomb-Damage Maps Reveal London`s World War II Devastation
The Luftwaffe dropped thousands of bombs on London from 1939 to 1945, killing almost 30,000 people. 70,000 buildings were completely demolished, and another 1.7 million were damaged. The extent of the damage to each and every one of these buildings was logged and mapped in near real-time by surveyors, architects, engineers, and construction workers. The result is an incredible collection of maps, color-coded by hand, that reveal the extent of the destruction in painstaking detail. Today, the maps remain an invaluable resource for academics, family historians, and even builders trying to avoid touching off unexploded bombs. Now these bomb census maps are available in a beautiful oversized book released to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the Blitz.
Colour photo gallery: London during WWII (16 photos)
Colour photo gallery: London during the Second World War.
Westminster`s World War II story told on the West End at War website
Westminster`s WWII-era comes to life on the West End at War website, which features previously-unseen colour film, information about bomb incidents, eyewitness accounts, learning resources and a collection of artworks painted by government war artists (commissioned to paint bomb damage).
Classic turn-based strategy games: Conflict-Series
If you like classic turn-based PC war games and legendary strategy board games make sure to check out the highly rated Conflict-series for Android. Some of the WWII Campaigns include Axis Balkan Campaign, D-Day 1944, Operation Barbarossa, France 1940, Kursk 1943, Market Garden, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Rommel's North African campaign, and the Battle of Bulge. In addition to WWII some other time periods include Korean War, American Civil War, First World War and American Revolutionary War. The more complex campaigns like Operation Sea Lion, Invasion of Norway, and Invasion of Japan 1945, include Naval element and handling logistics of supply flow.
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Aldwych Tube station reopens in period costume for tours to mark the 70th Battle of Britain anniversary
Blitz survivors travelled back in time when they relived their WWII struggles sheltering from Nazi bombs in London Underground stations. Providing a refuge from the Luftwaffe bombers, Tube stations in London became spontaneous shelters. Aldwych, one of the first to be used as an air raid shelter, is reopened for WWII tours to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and recreated to look like it was in 1940. An original 1938 train and a vintage bus are parked outside the station to enhance the wartime atmosphere. The tours are sold out.
WWII tour: Churchill’s underground bunker - Churchill war rooms in London
For a glimpse into the world of London during the Second World War, go underground into the Churchill War Rooms to get a real view how British wartime government operated. The complex includes the Cabinet room (where Churchill held his meetings), the Map room (with maps of the Atlantic, Western and Eastern theatres of war on the wall marked with notes and pins) and the Transatlantic Phone Room where Churchill could make direct calls to U.S. President Roosevelt, a museum about Churchill`s life, and a section with WW2 militaria and memorabilia from the war rooms and memories from those who worked there.
Blitz Party: London partygoers reliving spirit of the Blitz every month
London`s party people are wearing grandmother`s floral dresses, World War II uniforms and heading to the air raid shelters for evenings of swing music and other Blitz nostalgia. Held every 4-5 weeks at different venues, Blitz Party is a 1940s evening with community spirit, where people can escape the drab safety of the modern world for a time when Londoners defied Hitler`s Luftwaffe from behind the blackout curtains. "This seems to have hit the ticket. They are looking for something a little bit more interesting and inclusive," said Blitz Party founder Mark Holdstock. [theblitzparty.com/]
Nazi troops were captured on camera parading through the London in 1936
The amazing photo shows Nazi supporters saluting a procession through the London, as Nazi troops carry a coffin draped in the swastika flag. Taken in 1936, the scene shows the funeral procession of German ambassador Leopold von Hoesch - who was not a supporter of Hitler`s, and often disagreed with the Nazi leader. After von Hoesch`s death, the role of German Ambassador went to Joachim von Ribbentrop. The black and white photo, seemingly Britain`s worst nightmare, was snapped 3 years before the start of World War II when governments around the world were still attempting to avoid confrontation with Third Reich.
The only Nazi Memorial in London: Giro the Nazi Dog
Giro the Nazi Dog is the only Nazi memorial in London. Giro was owned by Dr Leopold von Hoesch - the German Ambassador in London 1932-1936. Giro died in 1934 from accidental eletrocution and was given a full Nazi burial. There was a Nazi Embassy in London 1936-1939 at 9 Carlton House Terrace - now used by the Royal Society - and Nazi architect Albert Speer was involved in the building`s renovation. The Nazis had to leave when the second world war started and the Foreign Office removed most of the swastikas - but there is a border design of swastikas on the floor of one public room.
Historical sightseeing with 1-day bus tour: Hitler`s London: From Nazi Spies To Victory Day
The East Casements Rifle Range, an alleyway behind the Constable Tower, is where Nazi spy Josef Jakobs was executed. Another Tower prisoner: Adolf Hitler`s deputy Rudolf Hess. I had come to the Tower with Joachim von Halasz, a guide offering tours of Hitler`s London. He has spent years researching the subject and has uncovered amazing WWII stories. Next stop: St Paul`s Cathedral, the most miraculous survivor of the Blitz. It was an easy target, but somehow the Luftwaffe failed to take it down. One warhead did penetrate the cathedral`s roof - the explosion lifted the dome slightly. A watch was formed in 1939 to save the cathedral from more dangerous incendiary bombs.
London: The largest World War II bomb discovered in the past 3 decades
Disposal experts will disarm a German bomb (5ft by 2ft) thought to be the largest WW2 bomb in the past 3 decades. Royal Engineers will cut through the metal casing, then the bomb will be "steamed" so the explosive becomes a safe liquid. The 2,000lb bomb, thought to hold 1,000lb of high explosives, has been cased in a sand and wood "igloo" to absorb any blast if it goes off. Experts have already disabled its fuse after it began to tick. A bomb disposal officer, Captain Si Oates, poured a salt solution to "freeze it" and then placed a powerful magnet in case the timer had also been set off.
Woman recalls life in London during the Nazi blitz
It was a German plane, of that I was sure. As a child, growing up in London during World War II, I learned to identify the sounds of British and German aircraft. 900 planes filled the sky. Difficult as it was for us to endure the explosions, gunfire, windows breaking into peaces, and ceilings cracking, we had it easy. The might of the Luftwaffe was focused on the London docks. Around 6 p.m. the "all clear" whistle suggested it was over. Our relief was short lived, as the bombers came back 2 hours later and bombed for the next 8 hours. It was easier now for them to find targets, because London was ablaze.
London remembers 800 children sent to Australia during World War II
They were young, scared and sent to the other side of the world. Clutching suitcases and with name tags pinned to clothes, 800 children from Britain were shipped off to Australia to avoid Luftwaffe bombing raids. They were among 3.5 million children aged 5-15 who were evacuated voluntarily by their parents. Plans are now afoot to mark their story by setting up a bronze memorial sculpture in the grounds of St Paul`s Cathedral, London. The Evacuees Reunion Association (ERA) is organising a campaign to collect STG1 million to build a statue of 10 evacuees linked hand in hand carrying their suitcases.
The First Day of the Blitz - Firsthand accounts of WWII London Blitz
Peter Stansky`s book "The First Day of the Blitz" mixes history, political commentary and firsthand testimony. The "Blitz," miscalled for its awaited quick knockout blow, began at 5 p.m. on Sept. 7, 1940. The bombing was extensive and lasted for 56 of the next 57 days. Over the course of the war, 40% of London`s housing stock was made unliveable. Stansky focuses on the first day, when the self-satisfaction of the Phony War was replaced by shock, then terror, then resolve. Stansky covers the "myth of the Blitz": that the British people behaved calmly and the country was unified.
Bombs of Luftwaffe threaten cleanup of London Olympics site
One man may delay preparations for the 2012 Olympics: Adolf Hitler. Construction crews are scouring the 500-acre Olympics site for World War II bombs dropped by the Luftwaffe that failed to explode, adding time and expense to a project whose costs have already tripled. Of the 19,000 tons of bombs that pounded London during the Blitz in 1940-41, 10% didn`t explode and remain buried. While it`s rare to find unexploded bombs, grenades and mortars are more common. 8,500 smaller explosives have been found in the U.K. in the past 3 years.
Arguing over the World War II bombings of Dresden and London
Dec. 29, 1940, Arthur Harris looked on from the Air Ministry roof in London as Luftwaffe bombers set the city ablaze. "Well, they have sown the wind." Four years later Dresden reaped the whirlwind. London survived the Luftwaffe`s onslaught. Dresden`s destruction often is cited as proof that the Allies, too, committed war crimes, and that Germans, too, were victims. "Bomber" Harris, who ran the Royal Air Force`s Bomber Command 1942-1945, was untroubled by second thoughts. Had he not done worse to Hamburg? Besides, the Germans started the war; they had fire-bombed British cities; and they still were attacking London with V-1 buzz-bombs and V-2 ballistic missiles.