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