Bomb Sight website maps locations of Nazi attacks in London

As many as 43,000 people died during the Blitz

Some 75 years after London was transformed by the Blitz, most Londoners likely seldom consider the bombs that littered the capital during World War Two.

The Bomb Site webpage is giving London’s residents to reconnect with history, by pinpointing where each bomb fell between 7 October 1940, and 6 June 1941.

During the eight-month period, Nazi aircrafts dropped as many as 30,000 bombs in London, killing 43,000 civilians - with almost half of those in London. The onslaught slowed when Hitler turned his attention to invading Russia.

The map can be searched using street names and boroughs, with a timeline showing when and where bombs fell on the first night of the blitz offering a glimpse of the sheer scale of destruction.

Bomb Site is also available as an Android App, meaning professional and amateur historians alike can discover where bombs fell using GPS.

 

Compiled using the Bomb Census Map collected during the Bomb Census Survey 1940 to 1945, the project is being carried out by researchers at the University of Portsmouth, the National Archives, and web and design experts. 

Dr Kate Jones, the University of Portsmouth geographer who devised the project, told BBC News: "When you look at these maps and see the proliferation of bombs dropped on the capital, it does illustrate the meaning of the word Blitz, which comes from the German meaning lightning.

"It seems astonishing that London survived the onslaught."

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