A deserted street in London after an air raid during the 2nd World War, 1940. Colour Photos from Time & Life Pictures.

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

A deserted street in London after an air raid during World War II, Colour Photos from Time & Life Pictures. 'The Blitz'

The London Blitz

The 'blitz': During Battle of Britain, Luftwaffe bombers tried to destroy British air power ahead of a planned invasion of the UK. When that failed, Hitler resorted to terror attacks on civilians, including full-scale bombing of London.

Workmen erect Anderson shelters in the road outside houses that have no gardens, in East London, England, on Sept. 12, 1939.

WWII London Bomb Shelters

Workmen erect Anderson shelters in the road outside houses that have no gardens, in East London, England, on Sept.

1940. September. Burlington Arcade by Lee Miller #WW2 #world war #britain

The remains of London's Burlington Arcade after a night of Blitz-bombing raids, 11 September 1940 ~ Photograph by Lee Miller

Symbol in the smoke: Herbert Mason's iconic photograph of St Pauls dome emerging from the smoke of raging fires in surrounding streets.

Censored for days, this picture was finally published in the Mail. Now, 70 years on, Max Hastings reveals the dramatic story behind THE iconic image of the Blitz

Symbol in the smoke: Herbert Mason’s iconic photograph of St Paul’s dome emerging from the smoke of raging fires in surrounding streets was taken 70 years ago this week. It happened in London .

Devastation: This was the view from St Pauls on January 3, 1941, showing the destruction to the streets surrounding the Cathedral.

Censored for days, this picture was finally published in the Mail. Now, 70 years on, Max Hastings reveals the dramatic story behind THE iconic image of the Blitz

Water jets and smoke at a fire during the Blitz, London  1940. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Water jets and smoke at a fire during the Blitz, London (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

Workmen repairing a hole in the road in Piccadilly, London, after a german bombing raid, 19th April 1941. The damaged St. James' Church can be seen in the background. (Photo by R.L. Court/Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Workmen repairing a hole in the road in Piccadilly, London, after a german bombing raid, April The damaged St. James' Church can be seen in the background.

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