World War 2. London in Colour

I am fascinated by the blitz. Every time I go to London I look at buildings, a mix of old and new and you can pretty much guarantee the mix is there due to bomb damage during World War 2. More than a million houses were destroyed in the blitz. It must have been such a scary time and yet the people of Britain showed tremendous pride and courage and refused to roll over.

William Vandivert—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
A view of London after a German air raid, 1940.
These latest set of colour photos are some of the most stunning, interesting photos I have ever seen. From an art point of view they are beautiful, such amazing colours. From a historical point of view they are of vital importance to remind ourselves of those brave souls.
Somehow seeing them in colour makes it even more real. Black and white images are things of yesteryear and something the playstation generation cannot always connect with.
What you have to remember is that the blitz was designed to crush spirit, industry and the economy. A residential house was as valid a target as an airfield.
I think the best photos contain the right mix of capturing the moment, striking imagery and something that gives us an emotion. These certainly do. See more here
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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