The Blitz: Rare Colour Photographs

As the 75th anniversary of the blitz – Germany’s sustained bombing campaign of the UK in the second world war – approaches, these beautiful and striking pictures show the famous bomb sites, the tin helmets, the victory rolls and the carry-on spirit.

[Blitzed Brits is at IWM North, Manchester, from 11 July to 10 April 2016]

All photographs: Ted Dearberg/Imperial War Museum  A battery of 3.7 inch anti-aircraft guns firing at night

A Civil Defence warden inspects bomb damaged buildings in Holborn, London
A Civil Defence warden inspects bomb damaged buildings in Holborn, London

A Girl Guide and a Sea Ranger selling savings stamps

View of St Paul's Cathedral and the bomb damaged areas surrounding it in London
View of St Paul’s Cathedral and the bomb damaged areas surrounding it in London

A view of the audience during lunchtime entertainment in a war workers’ canteen
Men and women at a war workers’ canteen watch lunchtime entertainment

The bombed site of John Lewis, Oxford Street, London which was used for the Army Exhibition
The bombed site of John Lewis on Oxford Street, London,
which was used for the Army Exhibition

An Auxiliary Territorial Service spotter with binoculars at an anti-aircraft command post, December 1942
An Auxiliary Territorial Service spotter with
binoculars at an anti-aircraft command post, December 1942

A London District Messenger Boy walking past a bomb site in London
A London District Messenger Boy walking past a bomb site in London

A view of Trafalgar Square in London showing ‘Carry on London’ and ‘Salute the Soldier’ propaganda hoardings on Nelson’s Column
A view of Trafalgar Square in London showing
‘Carry on London’ and ‘Salute the Soldier’ propaganda hoardings on Nelson’s Column

Auxiliary Territorial Service girls operate a mobile power plant on an anti-aircraft gun site at night
Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) girls operate a
mobile power plant on an anti-aircraft gun site at night

A bowl of eggs
A bowl of eggs: rationing!

The Prime Minister with his Chiefs of Staff in the garden of 10 Downing Street, London, May 1945. Left to right: Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Portal, Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke, Winston Churchill and Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham
The Prime Minister with his Chiefs of Staff in the garden of 10 Downing Street, London, May 1945. (Left to right:Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Portal (Royal Air Force), Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke (British Army), Winston Churchill and Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham (Royal Navy)

(Link: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2015/jul/10/the-blitz-rare-colour-photographs-in-pictures?CMP=fb_gu)

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