Now and Then: Scenes from the London Blitz

For 267 days between September 1940 and May 1941, the German Luftwaffe bombed 16 British cities in “The Blitz”. London was hit 71 times, with one sustained campaign running for 57 straight nights.

In all, at least 100 tonnes of high explosives were dropped on England, killing 40,000 dead, 22,000 of those deaths were from London.

Getty Images has put together a series of composite images to show how the city has recovered.

A view east down the Thames towards smoke rising from fires in Surrey docks, following the first German air raid of the London Blitz, 7th September 1940. On the right is the Tower of London, and on the right is Tower Bridge.

Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then

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A wrecked Humber car on Pall Mall, London after an air raid during the London Blitz, 15th October 1940.

Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then

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16th October 1940: Londoners sheltering on a platform at Bounds Green tube station during an air raid in The Blitz.

Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then

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A bus is left leaning against the side of a terrace in Harrington Square, Mornington Crescent, in the aftermath of a German bombing raid on London in the first days of the Blitz, 9th September 1940. The bus was empty at the time, but eleven people were killed in the houses.

Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then

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19th September 1940: An area near St Pancras Station in London showing the damage caused by a German air raid during the London blitz in World War II.

Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then

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14th September 1940: A crater and damaged railings outside Buckingham Palace, London, after the explosion of a German bomb dropped in an air raid the previous day.

Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then

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Bomb damage caused by a World War II air raid on Berkeley Square, London, 29th April 1942.

Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then

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Soldiers help to clear the debris of Bank Underground Station, in front of The Royal Exchange, London, the morning after receiving a direct hit during the Blitz. The slogan ‘Dig For Victory’ adorns the Exchange.

Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then

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3rd May 1941: Bomb damage in London’s Leicester Square caused by German air raids during the Blitz. Original Publication: Picture Post – 713 – The Morning After The Blitz – pub. 1941

Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then

1941: A blaze in the Negretti and Zambra building at Holborn Circus, London, after a German bombing raid.

Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then

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May 1941: The interior of Westminster Abbey after a German bombing raid.

Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then

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A police officer and a soldier inspecting the aftermath of a German air raid, Portman Street, London, 19th September 1940.

Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then

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