Event    From 7/9/1940  To /5/1941

The Blitz

Categories: Tragedy

During WW2 Britain came under heavy bombing from Germany for 8 months, 1940-1941. This was called 'the Blitz' from the German word Blitzkrieg meaning 'lightning war'. London was particularly badly hit, especially at the start, being attacked every day/night of the first 57 days, except one. The objectives were the destruction of industrial targets, and to break the morale of the civilian population. But the Blitz failed, on both fronts, leaving London with extensive physical damage but a new psychological weapon, the Blitz spirit.

This interactive map shows all of the bombs dropped on London during the Blitz.

2019: Spitalfields Life posted a number of central London buildings that bear the scars of war.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
The Blitz

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Abbey Road Depot - WW2 ARP members lost

Bill Wallis is described on the plaque as 'ARP Stretcher Bearer'. Which we ta...

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Balham Station bombing - 1

In memory of the 64 people killed at this station by a wartime bomb 14th Octo...

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Balham Station bombing - 2

{Beneath the London Transport logo:} In remembrance of the civilians and Lond...

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Balham Station bombing - 3

In remembrance of the civilians and London Transport staff who were killed at...

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Bank Station WW2 bomb

{Above the London Underground roundel:} In remembrance of the fifty six peopl...

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Alan Cartwright

Alan Cartwright

Alan Barry Cartwright. At 7.30pm 15-year-old Alan was stabbed to death as he cycled with three friends in the Caledonian Road. The attackers made off with two bicycles.  A few weeks later, on 6 Ma...

Person, Tragedy

2 memorials
Caleb Arron Dack

Caleb Arron Dack

United Kingdom citizen who died in the terrorist attacks in America on 11 September 2001. Caleb Arron Dack was born on 22 December 1961 in Wakefield, Yorkshire, the son of Robert Alan Dack (1938-1...

Person, Tragedy, Canada, USA

1 memorial
Walter H. Hathaway

Walter H. Hathaway

Passenger killed in the Handley Page V/1500 aircrash.

Person, Tragedy

1 memorial
Bhavana Krishnamoorthy

Bhavana Krishnamoorthy

Bhavana Krishnamoorthy was born on 29 January 1975. She was a PhD research student at University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and was murdered, aged 29 years, on 29 Ap...

Person, Education, Tragedy, India

1 memorial