George Rodger, England. London. Picadilly Circus. 1940.

Picadilly Circus, London, England, United Kingdom, photograph by George Rodger.

London bomb damage, 1940

1940 London at War - London Bus 1940 - Wreckage of bus leaning into huge crater in front of bombed out buildings, a result of German aerial blitz attacks during the Battle of Britain.

Wolfgang Suschitzky: St Pauls Cathedral, London, 1942

Wolfgang Suschitzky St Paul’s Cathedral, London, 1942 From Wolf Suschitzky: Photos Thanks to liquidnight

Children sleep in hammocks on the rails of a London Underground station. (Of course, the electric rail is switched off.)    November 1940

November 1940 - children sleep in hammocks in the London Underground, using it as a shelter during an air raid. The electric track was switched off, for safety, when people sheltered in Tube stations.

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Blitz Britain: Amazing colour pictures of London under siege from Nazi bombers during World War II

London, after the blitz

20 Historic Black and White Photos Colorized _Abandoned boy holding a stuffed toy animal. London 1945 _ Original Photograph by Toni Frissell Colorized by HansLucifer

A jitterbug contest at the Paramount Dance Hall on Tottenham Court Road

Girl dancing the Jitterbug at the Paramount Dance Hall on Tottenham Court Road. London, United Kingdom - February 1944 - Photographer: David E.

London During The Blitz and Now

Back to The Blitz: The startling images that merge the horror of WWII bombings with modern-day Britain

Bruton Street, London

These remarkable pictures show the bomb damage of 1940 superimposed with the same scene today: This view of Bruton Street in London shows Londoners picking their way through rubble on their way to work

London after air raid, Sept. 1940

Scene from London after heavy German air raid bombing attacks during the Battle of Britain. Location: London, United Kingdom Date taken: September 1940 Photographer: William Vandivert

On May 21, Colonel Bird, Commandant of Belsen Camp, gave the order for the last hut at Belsen Concentration Camp to be burned. A rifle salute was fired in honor of the dead, the British flag was run up at the same moment as a flame-thrower set fire to the last hut. A German flag and portrait of Hitler went up in flames inside the hut in June of 1945. (AP Photo/British Official Photo)

On May British Colonel Bird, Commandant of Bergen-Belsen Camp, gave the order for the last hut at the concentration camp to be burned. A rifle salute was fired in honor of the dead and the British.

These pictures were taken by LIFE Magazine photographer David E. Scherman in and around Piccadilly, London, during the wartime Blackout, February 1944.

London blackout 1944 (Night-lifers, servicemen & late-night war workers riding down escalators as they hurry to catch the last train home, at Piccadilly Circus underground station during WWII)