The London Blitz
Posted on July 24, 2012
War images often render me speechless. They fill me with awe and wonder… they move something within I don’t quite understand. I feel immense gratitude for those people who have endured these times. So when I’m walking down the street, and I see an elderly person, I always offer a warm smile because you never really know who they are, the struggles they’ve overcome, or what they have endured in their lives.
The Blitz was the sustained strategic bombing of Great Britain and Northern Ireland by Germany during the Second World War. Between 7 September 1940 and 16 May 1941 London was attacked 71 times, Birmingham, Liverpool and Plymouth eight times, Bristol six, Glasgow five, Southampton four, and Portsmouth three.
The capital, London was bombed for 57 consecutive nights, with more than one million London houses destroyed or damaged. More than 40,000 civilians were killed, almost half of those in London.