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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



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


Girl guides and sea rangers selling savings stamps


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


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


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


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


A District Messenger Boy walking past a bomb site in London


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


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


A bowl of eggs

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)




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