Germany's WWII air attack on major British cities, the Blitz, is in its 114th night.
The Blitz was Germany's WWII air attack on British cities.
Air raid sirens are sounded. Londoners have 5 minutes to get to their shelters.
Listen and see air raid sirens in action on YouTube.
Air Raid Victim - a Spirited response from a victim of a German bombing raid during the Blitz.
Lots of small blazes are all starting to join together. There is a 135 acre area already ablaze to the north of St. Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London.
Scenes of devastation in London, as anti-aircraft guns attempt to repel German night-time bombing attacks, while civilians takes refuge in London Underground stations. King George, the Queen and PM Winston Churchill, visit the wreckage.
The first bomb to hit St. Paul’s burns through the roof and lands on the library floor. It is extinguished quickly but the mains water at St. Paul's has now failed. It won’t be so easy next time.
St Paul's Official website's brief summary of the cathedral during the war.
Fire fighters are struggling to reach the incendiary lodged in the roof of St. Paul’s. It may burn the timbers that hold up the great dome. And a 650 tonne lantern is also in danger of crashing down...
More on the London Fire Brigade website about the Fire Brigade during World War II.
Heroes with Grimey Faces, an interesting article about firefighters in World War II.
The incendiary bomb in St Paul’s roof has dropped to the floor; a stroke of luck. The roof is safe for now. But the electricity is out: those battling the flames are in darkness.
Watch the story of a boy's experience in London during the Blitz from The National Archives.
Home Front Heroes - Recognition of civilian heroes from the Blitz and recipients of the George Medal who saved St Paul's.
Guildhall is a key communications centre, coordinating local rescue efforts and firefighting. The lights are down here too. Firefighters are also battling fires on its roof.
An account from Londoner Muriel Sybil Ward mentioning the destruction of the Guildhall.
Water is down at the Guildhall. The oak roof is still burning though. Fire watchers only have buckets and stirrup pumps. The situation seems helpless.
Information about stirrup pumps.
Public service film about how to prepare for attack from incendiary bombs including a ‘how-to’ of stirrup pumps. It’s in a charming comedy style with a ventriloquist and his dummy.
Guy's Hospital is out of water too. Firefighters are trying to use the Thames but the low spring tide is making this impossible.
More information on London Fire Brigade's fireboats.
Refugees from nearby shelters are being evacuated into the crypt of St. Paul’s Cathedral.
A description of what is in St Paul’s Crypt.
Bombing seems to be quieting down. More than 22,000 firebombs and 127 tonnes of high explosives dropped so far. Fires are still raging across the city.
Fire fighters tackling fire in Ave Maria Lane.
"Image gallery - Bomb Damage Bomb damage caused by a World War II incendiary air raid on Ave Maria Lane, London, January 4 1941. The building on the left is Simpkin Marshall, wholesale booksellers and publishers."