Britain marked the 70th anniversary yesterday of the Sept. 7, 1940, start of the Blitz—Nazi Germany’s WWII bombing campaign that lasted until May 10, 1941. It began with 76 consecutive nights of bombing in London and hit many towns and cities across England, eventually killing more than 43,000 civilians.
Color footage of London during the Blitz was recently discovered in the attic of a London home. Alfred Coucher, the wartime mayor of Marylebone in west London and the local chief air raid warden, shot the footage. You can read more about the Blitz footage and see it on Telegraph.co.uk.
Also check out the West End at War website, which is adding the film, historical information, eyewitness accounts and more to document the impact of the Blitz on the London borough of Westminster.
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