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The Blitz: rare colour photographs – in pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the 75th anniversary of the Blitz – Germany’s sustained bombing campaign of the UK in the second world war – approaches, these beautiful and striking pictures show the famous bomb sites, the tin helmets, the victory rolls and the carry on spirit

A battery of 3.7 inch anti-aircraft guns firing at night
All photographs: Ted Dearberg/Imperial War Museum

 

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A Civil Defence warden inspects bomb-damaged buildings in Holborn, London

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Girl guides and sea rangers selling savings stamps

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St Paul’s Cathedral, London, sits amid destroyed buildings

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Men and women at a war workers’ canteen watch lunchtime entertainment

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The bombed site of John Lewis on Oxford Street, London, which was used for the Army Exhibition

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An Auxiliary Territorial Service spotter with binoculars at an anti-aircraft command post, December 1942

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A District Messenger Boy walking past a bomb site in London

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Trafalgar Square with ‘Carry on London’ and ‘Salute the Soldier’ propaganda hoardings on Nelson’s Column

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ATS girls operate a mobile power plant on an anti-aircraft gun site at night

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A bowl of eggs
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The prime minister with his chiefs of staff in the garden of 10 Downing Street, London, May 1945.
Left to right: Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Portal (Royal Air Force), Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke (British Army), Winston Churchill and Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham (Royal Navy)

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Article by: http://www.theguardian.com/