London During WW2

London in Colour During WW2 [14 Pics]

May 16 2012

Looking at historical photos is amazing, and it is even better when they are in colour. Take a look at this set from LIFE magazine archives showing the life in London during World War 2.

London 1940 German Raids Colour

The damage after a German bombing raid (1940). [William Vandlvert – Time & Life / Getty Images]

London 1940 German Raids Colour

Workers clear rubble from the lot where a home once stood (1940). [William Vandlvert – Time & Life / Getty Images]

London 1940 German Raids Colour

A home destroyed by the continuous German raids (1940). [William Vandlvert – Time & Life / Getty Images]

London 1940 German Raids Colour

British working on a “Victory Garden” in the middle of the War. Many of these Gardends appeared in England, USA, Canada and even Germany. These gardens were created by civilians to help the war effort (1940). [William Vandlvert – Time & Life / Getty Images]

London 1940 German Raids Colour

A bus lays in an enormous crater left by a German bomb (1940). [William Vandlvert – Time & Life / Getty Images]

London 1940 German Raids Colour

A building in London burning after a night raid during the Blitz (1940). [William Vandlvert – Time & Life / Getty Images]

London 1940 German Raids Colour

The ruins of London (1940). [William Vandlvert – Time & Life / Getty Images]

London 1940 German Raids Colour

The ruins of London shortly after an air raid (1940). [William Vandlvert – Time & Life / Getty Images]

London 1940 German Raids Colour

A man relaxing in a park and reading a book. In the background a group of people are working on a “barrage balloon” and another is seen floating high in the sky (1940). These balloons proved to be extremely effective offensive force against German aircraft. (The ropes and cables that held them down can severly damage or even destroy an airplane). These balloons were credited with destroying more then 200 V-1 “doodlebug” flying bombs. [William Vandlvert – Time & Life / Getty Images]

London 1940 German Raids Colour

Civil Defense Rescue crew helps remove injured and dead civilians from destroyed buildings (1940). [William Vandlvert – Time & Life / Getty Images]

London 1940 German Raids Colour

Life in London (1940). [William Vandlvert – Time & Life / Getty Images]

London 1940 German Raids Colour

Life goes on, despite the war and destruction caused by the German air raids (1941). [William Vandlvert – Time & Life / Getty Images]

London 1940 German Raids Colour

London in 1944, long after the raids have ended. [William Vandlvert – Time & Life / Getty Images]

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