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Then And Now: Photos Of London, England That Bring History To Life

  • Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then
  • Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then
  • Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then
  • Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then
  • Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then
  • Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then
    In this digital composite image a comparison has been made between a London scene during the Blitz of 1940-1941 and present day, to remember the 75th anniversary of the end of the Blitz in London on May 11, 2016. *** FILE PHOTO (#3315052) - A view east down the Thames towards smoke rising from fires in Surrey docks, following the first German air raid of the London Blitz, 7th September 1940. On the right is the Tower of London, and on the right is Tower Bridge. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) *** (#528814624) LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: A view of Tower Bridge on the River Thames on April 25, 2016 in London, England. The Blitz aerial bombing offensive lasted for eight months during the early stages of the Second World War, including 57 consecutive nights of raids on the city of London. On the evening of Saturday May 10, 1941 the Luftwaffe mounted its last major bombing raid of the Blitz on London, known as 'The Longest Night', bringing to an end a deadly campaign that killed over 20,000 people in the capitol, left another 1.5 million Londoners homeless and changed the London landscape more than at any time since the Great Fire of 1666. The British fortitude and defiance amidst such chaos gave rise to the term 'Blitz spirit'. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
  • Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then
  • Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then
  • Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then
    In this digital composite image a comparison has been made between a London scene during the Blitz of 1940-1941 and present day, to remember the 75th anniversary of the end of the Blitz in London on May 11, 2016. *** FILE PHOTO (#3321590) - 16th October 1940: Londoners sheltering on a platform at Bounds Green tube station during an air raid in The Blitz. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images) *** (#528814628) LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 1: A platform at Bounds Green underground station on May 1, 2016 in London, England. The Blitz aerial bombing offensive lasted for eight months during the early stages of the Second World War, including 57 consecutive nights of raids on the city of London. On the evening of Saturday May 10, 1941 the Luftwaffe mounted its last major bombing raid of the Blitz on London, known as 'The Longest Night', bringing to an end a deadly campaign that killed over 20,000 people in the capitol, left another 1.5 million Londoners homeless and changed the London landscape more than at any time since the Great Fire of 1666. The British fortitude and defiance amidst such chaos gave rise to the term 'Blitz spirit'. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
  • Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then
  • Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then
  • Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then

On May 11, the United Kingdom will mark the 75th anniversary of “The Longest Night,” the final horrible night of the Blitz. The Blitz, from the German word for ‘lightning’, was the name applied by the British press to the eight-month-long heavy and frequent aerial bombing offensive launched by Nazi Germany during World War II. This concentrated, direct bombing of industrial targets and civilian centres began with heavy raids on London on 7 September 1940, during what became known as the Battle of Britain. Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering’s plans to destroy the Royal Air Force to allow an invasion of Britain were failing and, in response to a RAF raid on Berlin, which itself was prompted by a mistaken German bombing of London, they changed their tactics to the sustained bombing of civilian targets. Between 7 September 1940 and 21 May 1941, 16 British cities suffered aerial raids with at least 100 long tons of high explosives. More than 40,000 British civilians were killed in the Blitz, 1.5 million Londoners were left homeless, and the city’s landscape was left shattered.

Getty Images photographer Jim Dyson recently traveled to locations across London to make comparisons between scenes from the Blitz and present-day images. Take a look at his photos of London below.

Also check: Photos of England In 1939 Before World War II

1. An eastward view, down the Thames towards smoke rising from fires in Surrey docks, following the first German air raid of the London Blitz on September 7, 1940. The present-day scene is a view of Tower Bridge taken on April 25, 2016.

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2. Wrecked Humber car on Pall Mall street after an air raid during the London Blitz, October 15, 1940. Present day photo shows Pall Mall street scene in Piccadilly on May 1, 2016.

Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then

3. Londoners sheltering on a platform at the Bounds Green tube station during an air raid. Present day photo was taken on May 1, 2016.

In this digital composite image a comparison has been made between a London scene during the Blitz of 1940-1941 and present day, to remember the 75th anniversary of the end of the Blitz in London on May 11, 2016. *** FILE PHOTO (#3321590) - 16th October 1940: Londoners sheltering on a platform at Bounds Green tube station during an air raid in The Blitz. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images) *** (#528814628) LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 1: A platform at Bounds Green underground station on May 1, 2016 in London, England. The Blitz aerial bombing offensive lasted for eight months during the early stages of the Second World War, including 57 consecutive nights of raids on the city of London. On the evening of Saturday May 10, 1941 the Luftwaffe mounted its last major bombing raid of the Blitz on London, known as 'The Longest Night', bringing to an end a deadly campaign that killed over 20,000 people in the capitol, left another 1.5 million Londoners homeless and changed the London landscape more than at any time since the Great Fire of 1666. The British fortitude and defiance amidst such chaos gave rise to the term 'Blitz spirit'. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)

4. A bus is left leaning against the side of a terrace in Harrington Square, Mornington Crescent, in the aftermath of a German bombing raid on London in the first days of the Blitz, on September 9, 1940. The bus was empty at the time, but eleven people were killed in the houses. The scene is overlaid on a present-day image of housing near Mornington Crescent on April 21, 2016.

Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then

5. An area near St Pancras Station in London showing the damage caused by a German air raid on September 19, 1940. The present day photo shows a view of the British Library beside St Pancras hotel on May 3, 2016, in London, England.

Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then

6. Then: September 14, 1940, a crater and damaged railings outside Buckingham Palace, London, after the explosion of a German bomb dropped in an air raid the previous day. Now: Tourists gather outside Buckingham Palace on April 26, 2016.

Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then

7. Bomb damage caused by an air raid on Berkeley Square, London, on April 29, 1942. Now: The same scene in Berkeley Square, Mayfair, on May 1, 2016.

Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then

8. Soldiers help to clear the debris of Bank Underground Station, in front of The Royal Exchange in London, the morning after receiving a direct hit during the Blitz. The present day photo shows the same scene at Bank junction in front of the Royal Exchange on April 25, 2016.

Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then

9. Bomb damage in London’s Leicester Square caused by German air raids on May 3, 1941. Now: A view of the Vue cinema in Leicester Square on May 1, 2016.

Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then

10. A blaze in the Negretti and Zambra building at Holborn Circus, London, after a German bombing raid. Now: The same scene at Holborn Circus on May 1, 2016.

Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then

11. The interior of Westminster Abbey after a German bombing raid, in May 1941. Now: A view of the choir and altar of Westminster Abbey, on January 13, 2015.

Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then

12. A police officer and a soldier inspect the aftermath of a German air raid, Portman Street, London, on September 19, 1940. The present day photo shows the same scene at Portman Sreet near Marble Arch, on April 21, 2016.

Scenes From The London Blitz - Now and Then

Source: The Huffington Post

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