The London Blitz Remembered

The 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Blitz was marked by a ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral in London this morning. Sept. 7 is the day the Germans switched tactics and began bombing non-military targets.

The Blitz (German for 'lightening') began on 7 September 1940 and lasted through to May 10 1940. The first city to be bombed was London and the German's sustained attacks on the city for a number of nights sending in waves of bombers
The docks in the Port of London were heavily targeted in the first wave of attacks which began late in the afternoon of September 7 and saw around 360 bombers, escorted by over 500 fighters, bomb targets in the city of London. Over 130 more planes attacked at night. The bombs, aimed at the docks, also landed in residential areas and over 400 people lost their lives that night with over 1,600 being left injured.

What Goering, Hitler and the rest of the Luftwaffe did not realize is that the British were about to drop to their knees, and the switch from the British airbases to the cities, like London and Coventry, Dover, etc. gave Britain the precious time it needed to build up the air defenses by recouping the lost aircraft.

The bravery of the Royal Air Force in the air was mirrored by the devotion and bravery of British civilians in the tunnels of the London Undergrounds ability to "take it".

Edward R Murrow announcing an air raid over London in 1940...

"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few". WC



poetbdk said...

Thanks for posting these videos about the Battle of Britain. I really enjoyed them.

Ben D. Kennedy

Brantigny said...

You welcome Ben. When is the movie coming out?