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 Blumlein

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1 memorial
William Strong

William Strong

Role on the lost expedition: Able seaman on SS Terror. See John Franklin.

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1 memorial
Esther John

Esther John

Presbyterian evangelist from Pakistan, was allegedly killed by a Muslim fanatic.

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1 memorial
Ihab Slimane

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Ihab Slimane was born on 19 June 1981 in Lyons, France, and came to the UK in June 2005 to improve his English. He set up home near Finsbury Park and was working as a waiter at Gabrielle's, a Frenc...

Person, Tragedy, France

3 memorials
Karolina Gluck

Karolina Gluck

Karolina Anna Gluck was born on 24 November 1975 in Chorzow, Poland, with her twin sister Magda Gluck. She came to the UK in 2002 to live with her sister who had already come to London. She lived i...

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3 memorials