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This com­plete ‘bomb cen­sus’ of the Lon­don Blitz has been around for sev­eral years now, but cer­tainly war­rants a re­visit. You can ex­plore the data in a num­ber of ways, al­though per­haps the most chill­ing is sim­ply to zoom out and watch as hun­dreds then thou­sands of the lit­tle red dots, each one rep­re­sent­ing a det­o­na­tion, grad­u­ally fill the screen. Click on a dot and more in­for­ma­tion ap­pears – the type of ex­plo­sive, the es­ti­mated date and the present ad­dress – and you can ex­plore con­tem­po­rary images of the area, or read war­time mem­o­ries that are drawn from the BBC’s oral his­tory project Peo­ple’s War (­tory/ww2peo­pleswar).

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