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Blitz spirit: A woman rescues board games from the wreckage of her home during the German bombing raids

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London, 1940. Life in London during The Blitz of World War II - News vendor outside Selfridges.

London, Life in London during The Blitz of World War II - News vendor outside Selfridges, Oxford Street

Nurses climb through the rubble at Farringdon Market, London after a rocket had fallen on it during the last months of WW II. Original Publication: Picture Post - 1967 - One Story We Couldn't Tell - pub. 2 October 1948

March Nurses climb through the rubble at Farringdon Market, London after a rocket fell on it during the last months of WW II; Photo by Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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London during the Blitz - Life goes on in London, despite the destruction caused by German air raids 1941

London after "the blitz"

London after "the blitz"

This Air Raid Warden assists a London family that survived a Lufwaffe raid during WWII

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This Air Raid Warden assists a London family that somehow survived a Luftwaffe raid during the early phase of the Blitz.

Mrs. Hale, the wife of a British soldier fighting in Europe, plays the accordion outside her house for a group of American soldiers shortly before their departure. England, 1944.

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(I'm a Hale! Hale, a British soldier's wife, plays the accordion outside her house for a group of US soldiers.

Cafe open as usual - air raid or not...

The Kardomah Cafe of Fleet Street, outfitted as a public air raid shelter as an attraction during wartime, London/November

Buckingham Palace    On 8th March 1941 the north lodge of Buckingham Palace adjacent to Constitution Hill received a direct hit in a German bombing raid. Police Constable Stephen Robertson was killed by flying debris. The damage can be seen through the railings of Buckingham Palace, the war reserve Police Constable stands beside a piece of debris which has been thrown onto the pavement outside the Palace.

Reserve Police Constable stands beside a piece of debris which has been thrown onto the pavement outside Buckingham Palace London x March 1941

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WWII - Civilians sleeping in the Underground, their make shift bomb bunker inLondon.don't imagine sleeping on an escalator was too comfortable!

London, 1943: Lilian Carpenter (left) and Vera Perkins eat their packed lunch on the back of their horse-drawn LMS Railway Company van. The area behind them has been badly damaged in an air raid.

London, Lilian Carpenter (left) and Vera Perkins eat their packed lunch on the back of their horse-drawn LMS Railway Company van. The area behind them has been badly damaged in an air raid ~

14th, September, 1940: People with their furniture and belongings in a street in the London area; their damaged homes are in the background (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

WWII September 1940 People in the street with their furniture and belongings in the London area, with their damaged homes in the background. (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

LIFE IN AN AIR RAID SHELTER, NORTH LONDON, ENGLAND, 1940

LIFE IN AN AIR RAID SHELTER, NORTH LONDON, ENGLAND, 1940

Nurses are seen clearing debris from one of the wards in St. Peter's Hospital, Stepney, East London, on April 19, 1941. Four hospitals were among the buildings hit by German bombs during a full scale attack on the British capital.

via Retronaut (Nurses are seen clearing debris from one of the wards in St. Peter’s Hospital, Stepney, East London, on April Four hospitals were among the buildings hit by German bombs during a full scale attack on the British capital.

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