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Incredible Color Photos Give A Rare Look At London During The Blitz

In the months between September 1940 and May 1941, the German air force engaged in a brutal and relentless bombing campaign against the United Kingdom known as "the Blitz." The aerial attacks killed over 43,000 people and left over a million homeless. Millions of citizens huddled in bomb shelters and homes amid the raids, contributed to early warning systems or worked in the home guard.

"The blitz" was a defining moment in British history and the images of the British population soldiering on as major port cities, including London, were devastated in the bombing became a crucial element of how Britain perceived itself during World War II.

The attacks dwindled after mid-1941, when the German Luftwaffe was largely reassigned to the campaign against Russia. By that time they had dropped over 50,000 tonnes of bombs on Britain.

Manchester's Imperial War Museum North is displaying a series a series of incredible color images from that time in a major new exhibition called entitled "Horrible Histories: Blitzed Brits at IWM North." The show is set to mark the 75th anniversary of the Blitz, and features personal stories, objects, photographs, art works, film clips and sound recordings. The exhibition runs through the spring of 2016.

  • View of St Paul's Cathedral and the bomb damaged areas surrounding it in London.
    Imperial War Museum
    View of St Paul's Cathedral and the bomb damaged areas surrounding it in London.
  • A battery of 3.7 inch anti-aircraft guns firing at night.
    Imperial War Museum
    A battery of 3.7 inch anti-aircraft guns firing at night.
  • ATS spotter with binoculars at the anti-aircraft command post, with a 3.7 inch anti-aircraft gun in the background
    Imperial War Museum
    ATS spotter with binoculars at the anti-aircraft command post, with a 3.7 inch anti-aircraft gun in the background
  • A Civil Defence Warden inspects bomb damaged buildings in Holborn, London.
    Imperial War Museum
    A Civil Defence Warden inspects bomb damaged buildings in Holborn, London.
  • Lunchtime entertainment in a war workers' canteen - a view of the audience.
    Imperial War Museum
    Lunchtime entertainment in a war workers' canteen - a view of the audience.
  • Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London with barrage balloons in the background, seen from Westminster Bridge (on whic
    Imperial War Museum
    Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London with barrage balloons in the background, seen from Westminster Bridge (on which a sentry, military vehicles and a tram can be seen).
  • The bombed site of John Lewis, Oxford Street, London, which was used for the Army Exhibition.
    Imperial War Museum
    The bombed site of John Lewis, Oxford Street, London, which was used for the Army Exhibition.
  • A London District Messenger Boy walking past a bomb site in London.
    Imperial War Museum
    A London District Messenger Boy walking past a bomb site in London.
  • The War Effort: A Girl Guide and a Sea Ranger selling saving stamps.
    Imperial War Museum
    The War Effort: A Girl Guide and a Sea Ranger selling saving stamps.
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