Mrs. Mary Couchman, a 24-year-old warden of a small Kentish Village, shields three little children, among them her son, as bombs fall during an air attack on October 18, 1940. The three children were playing in the street when the siren suddenly sounded. Bombs began to fall as she ran to them and gathered the three in her arms, protecting them with her body. Complimented on her bravery, she said, "Oh, it was nothing. Someone had to look after the children."

Mary Couchman, a warden of a small Kentish Village, shields three little children, among them her son, as bombs fall during an air attack on October The three children were playing in the street when the siren suddenly sounded.

"What To Do In - Blackouts" Massachusetts Committee on Public Safety Civil Defense 1942

Just imagine having to do that today. (""What To Do In - Blackouts" Massachusetts Committee on Public Safety Civil Defense

... shine your torch downwards - UK blackout by x-ray delta one, via Flickr

Vintage British Road Safety Ads: 'Shine your torch downwards when crossing the road' Artist: Tom Gentleman

This way to the Air Raid Shelter ~ London Underground - not my London thank God, but my poor mother and her family (along with thousands of others) had to sleep there.

This way to the Air Raid Shelter ~ London Underground - not my London thank God, but my poor mother and her family (along with thousands of others) had to sleep there.

1939: Putting masks on a traffic light so they can't be seen during blackout, London - Found via The Passion of Former Days

Fitting metal covers on traffic lights,so they can't be seen by enemy planes at night - London - September 1939

Householders emerging from the Anderson shelter in which they took refuge while their house was destroyed in bombing - 25 October 1940

World War Two - British Empire - The Home Front - The Blitz - Shelters - London - 1940

Air raid shelter for dogs, britain, 1940......anybody else impressed that British dogs can read?

Britain: Dogs allowed in this particular air raid shelter. Anyone else impressed with the reading ability of British dogs?

World War 2: Painting lamppost and kerbstones in Leicester to assist road users during a black-out rehearsal. January 26, 1938 ~

World War 2: Black-out picture gallery

World War Painting lamppost and kerbstones in Leicester, England to assist road users during a black-out rehearsal in the months before WW II.

Air raid wardens in Lambeth, March Their helmets are newly painted white for visibility at night or during the black-out. (Photo by Harry Todd/Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

c1940: A guard on duty outside Marlborough House, London, with his individual air raid shelter next to his sentry box. Marlborough House was the London residence of George V's widow, the queen dowager, Mary of Teck. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

A guard on duty outside Marlborough House, London, with his individual air raid shelter next to his sentry box. Marlborough House was the London residence of George V's widow, the Queen Dowager, Mary of Teck. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Girl Smoking At The Entrance Of An Air Raid Shelter In England On September 27th 1939 (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Girl Smoking At The Entrance Of An Air Raid Shelter In England On September 1939 (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Instructions for people using a Tube station as an air-raid shelter.

19 Ethereal Pictures Of London's Secret Underworld

Instructions for people using a Tube station as an air-raid shelter.

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