The Blitz

With this year be­ing the 75th an­niver­sary of the Blitz, Jonathan Scott sur­veys the web­sites that re­veal this piv­otal pe­riod in amaz­ing de­tail

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Frank Hurd was a 24-year-old fire­fighter sta­tioned at Eus­ton Road fire sta­tion on the first night of the Lon­don Blitz, when 348 Ger­man bombers de­scended on the cap­i­tal. His crew was sent to tackle a blaze at Beck­ton Gas Works, where he ex­pe­ri­enced his first bomb. He ex­plained: “There was a weird whistling sound and I ducked be­side the pump with two more of the crew... then a vivid flash of flame, a col­umn of earth and de­bris fly­ing into the air, and the ground heaved. I was thrown vi­o­lently against the side of the ap­pli­ance.”

Frank didn’t sur­vive the war, but to­day ex­tracts from his pow­er­ful di­ary form part of the Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum’s Blitz web­site. Along­side that, we have sites cov­er­ing not only Greater Lon­don but also the many other cities across Bri­tain that suf­fered mul­ti­ple raids dur­ing the war.

Bal­ham, Lon­don, the morn­ing af­ter a Ger­man air raid dur­ing the Bat­tle of Bri­tain, 15 Oc­to­ber 1940

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