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"The letter", photographed in London by Cecil Beaton (1940) Beaton took many photographs of bombed-out London, concentrating on the strange juxtapositions the debris provided.

the letter, 1940 society photographer cecil beaton took many photographs of bombed-out london, concentrating on the strange juxtapositions the debris provided, © cecil beaton, from london. portrait of a city.

A V-1 flying bomb lands in a street off Drury Lane, London 1944 [736 × 1106]

A V-1 flying bomb lands in a street off Drury Lane, London 1944 [736 × 1106]

A flying bomb lands in a street off Drury Lane, London 1944 [[MORE]] Tokyo_Yosomono: OK the picture was taken on Fleet st right about 62 Fleet St London, England

Bill Brandt - underground bomb shelters of London during the Blitz in 1940

The Elephant and Castle station of London Tube during the air raid. Londoners would use the tube as an air raid shelter if they didn't have one in their garden or one near where they lived - 1940

3rd March 1943: A Stirling bomber in front of St Paul's Cathedral in the City during 'Wings for Victory' week, in an area cleared of bombed buildings. (Photo by Davis/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

A Stirling bomber in front of St Paul's Cathedral in the City during 'Wings for Victory' week, in an area cleared of bombed buildings. March 1943 (Photo by Davis/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

An Italian newspaper shows German planes swooping over the Thames during the Blitz. The river area was heavily targeted by bombers in the Second World War, with the Docklands hit by over 2,500 bombs. It took until the 1960s for the damage to be repaired.

London and the Thames: in pictures

EXTRA: An Italian newspaper shows German planes swooping over the Thames during the Blitz. The river area was heavily targeted by bombers in the Second World War, with the Docklands hit by over bombs. It took until the for the damage to be repaired.

The streets of a ruined London after The Blitz, 1940.

This image shows the streets of London after The Blitz took place in This invasion was a combination of great speed and power, and caused a mass amount of destruction and panic.

10 Hyde Park Place, smallest house in London c 1905

In the middle was the smallest house in London, 10 Hyde Park Place. It was hit by a bomb in during World War

14th, September, 1940: People in the street with their furniture and belongings in a street in the London area, with their damaged homes in the background (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

September, People with their furniture and belongings in a street in the London area; their damaged homes are in the background ( B/W. Photo by Popperfoto/Getty ) B/W Photo Colourised by Pearse.

East London bombed,

East London suffered extensive bombing raids by the Luftwaffe during the 1941 blitz (Tower of London in the background)

St. Paul's. London. WWII | history | wartime | destruction | historical image…

Victory: The Battle of Britain “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets; we shall never surrender.” -Winston Churchill, St Paul's Cathedral in background, London Blitz

A woman in Clapham (south London) waters vegetables planted on the roof of her Anderson shelter in the garden.

A woman in Clapham (south London) waters vegetables planted on the roof of her Anderson shelter in the garden. We spent many a night in ours.

WWII - Civilians sleeping in their make shift bomb bunkers in The London Underground

WWII - Civilians sleeping in the Underground, their make shift bomb bunker inLondon.don't imagine sleeping on an escalator was too comfortable!

Residents of London’s Lambeth walk doing the dance of the same name in London, Sept. 18, 1940 by way of showing their spirits are still high after bombs damaged the area.

Residents of London’s Lambeth walk doing the dance of the same name in London, Sept. 1940 by way of showing their spirits are still high after bombs damaged the area.

House with roof terrace and underground kitchen (Thatcher's old house, redeveloped in Chester Square, Belgravia)

Prime (minister's) real estate: inside Margaret Thatcher's £30m home

Holy moly – the glass see-through bit! Reminds me of the house/cabin we stayed in in North Carolina overlooked the wine cellar. House with roof terrace and underground kitchen (Thatcher's old house, redeveloped in Chester Square, Belgravia)