05 September 2007

After the fall of France during World War II, the German air force conducted a series of intense air raids against Great Britain. London was bombed for 57 straight nights, beginning September 7, 1940, and the raids continued throughout the spring, killing 43,000 civilians, injuring more than 140,000, and damaging or destroying more than 1 million homes.

Above: A woman models "Utility," a blackout and Air Raid Precaution outfit. Utility was the term used for the immediate cutting down of all commodities to bare essentials in both material and quality. Girls on ARP patrols (Air Raid Precaution) adopted boiler suits, or cloaks with woolen hoods, scarves, and mufflers, and gloves with white palms sometimes luminous to show up in the dark of blackout, which was imposed every night at sundown, 1940.

Above: People hanging out in an air-raid shelter during the Blitz, 1941. Can you imagine?!

Bombed to smithereens, a classic red London phone booth somehow still stands.

Let the Germans blitzkrieg, the Brits will still have their tea.

teashop waitresses remove protective shutters from windows in the morning.

Here a restaurant manager offers his clients a cigar and some vintage brandy. In the event of heavy air raids, clients were able to sleep on the premises, with breakfast served by the manager the next morning

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