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World War II (1939-1945) Collection (#7)

Historic images of events and people during the most destructive war in history

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Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Thunderbolts

Thunderbolts
15th March 1944: US Thunderbolts lined up for testing after their arrival in Britain prior to the D Day invasions. (Photo by Horace Abrahams/Keystone/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Occupation Of Rome

Occupation Of Rome
5th June 1944: US fifth Army tanks roll past the Coliseum at the onset of the US occupation of Rome as townspeople look on, Italy, World War II. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Saving Petrol

Saving Petrol
circa 1940: An Austin Therm balloon car. The bag on the roof is full of coal gas used to fuel the saloon car thus saving petrol during World War II

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: London Blitz

London Blitz
1940: Smoke rising behind St.Pauls Cathedral during the Blitz. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Air Raid Chimp

Air Raid Chimp
15th September 1939: Jack the chimp fixing up an air raid shelter sign at Londons Regents Park Zoo as it reopens to the public. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Waiting For The Train

Waiting For The Train
3rd December 1939: Anxious watchers at the barrier of Ipswich railway station waiting for the LNER Evacuation Special train to arrive bringing evacuees to safety from London. (Photo by H. F)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Formation Flying

Formation Flying
circa 1940: US Airforce aircraft flying in formation. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Damaged Landmark

Damaged Landmark
circa 1940: The famous dome of St Pauls Cathedral in London surrounded by debris from a World War II German bombing raid. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: London Skyline Blitz

London Skyline Blitz
1940: The London skyline during the blitz. (Photo by London Express/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: London Burning after Fire Bombing

London Burning after Fire Bombing
Rescue workers silhouetted against the light of burning buildings after a German fire-bombing raid on London, 25th February 1944. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Londons Old Bailey View After The Blitz

Londons Old Bailey View After The Blitz
High angle view of the ruins of the Central Criminal Court, known as the Old Bailey, with its dome intact, and the surrounding book publishers district after a fire bomb raid

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Fleeing Hitler

Fleeing Hitler
Refugee children from England arrive in New York during World War II, 18th July 1940. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Women Paint Bridge

Women Paint Bridge
A group of women war workers painting a railway bridge on the Southern Railway, London, 14th July 1942. (Photo by Harry Shepherd/Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Blitz At Liverpool Street

Blitz At Liverpool Street
A man watches workers clearing debris at Liverpool Street Station, London after a German air raid, January 1941. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: German U-Boat

German U-Boat
A painting of German U-Boat U-26, flying the German Battle Flag, circa 1940. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Free French Aircraft

Free French Aircraft
A squadron of the Free French Forces in the North African desert during World War II, circa 1940. (Photo by Three Lions/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Lancaster Bomber aircraft

Lancaster Bomber aircraft
Two Lancaster Bomber aircraft

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Berlin In Ruins

Berlin In Ruins
A view over the ruins of East Berlin, Germany, circa 1945. The ruins of the Klosterkirche are at bottom, right. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Atomic Damage

Atomic Damage
14th October 1945: Atomic bomb damage in Hiroshima. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: 1941 Avro Lancaster, bomber with dorsal gun turret, blue-white-red RAF logo on side

1941 Avro Lancaster, bomber with dorsal gun turret, blue-white-red RAF logo on side

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: RAF Supermarine Spitfire

RAF Supermarine Spitfire

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Hole In Floor

Hole In Floor
19th October 1940: A hole in the floor of St Pauls Cathedral, London, after the cathedral was hit in a German bombing raid. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Docklands Blazing

Docklands Blazing
1940: The docklands ablaze after the first mass air raid on London. Tower Bridge is in the background. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Air Raid Pattern

Air Raid Pattern
6th September 1940: Interwoven vapour trails over London during an early morning air raid in the Battle of Britain. (Photo by David Savill/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Damaged St Paul s

Damaged St Paul s
20th October 1940: A hole in the roof of St Pauls Cathedral after an air raid. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: At The Ready

At The Ready
August 1939: Pilots scramble for their Hurricane fighters at an RAF station. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: World War Soldier poster

World War Soldier poster
Patriotic army poster

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Churchill Poster

Churchill Poster
circa 1940: A poster of Winston Churchill, designed by students at the Brighton School of Art. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Docklands Blazing

Docklands Blazing
1940: The docklands ablaze after the first mass air raid on London. Tower Bridge is in the background. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Bombed London

Bombed London
circa 1940: Bomb damage sustained by the City of London. Tower Bridge can be seen in the background. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: St Pauls Bomb Damage

St Pauls Bomb Damage
20th October 1940: St Pauls Cathedral after a direct hit during the blitz in London. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Air Raid Ruined Buildings

Air Raid Ruined Buildings
12th May 1941: Buildings devastated during air raids near the dome of St Pauls Cathedral in the City. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Blitz Skyline

Blitz Skyline
1940: The London skyline during the blitz. (Photo by London Express/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Two Gothic windows destroyed by the Blitz in London

Two Gothic windows destroyed by the Blitz in London
These two large and beautiful old stone and Gothic style windows are the remains of the abandoned church of St Dunstan in the East, located in the business district of the city of London, London

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: St Pauls Cathedral Memorial

St Pauls Cathedral Memorial
Memorial to the people of London who died in the blitz 1939-1945 outside St Pauls Cathedral, London

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Blitz Damage

Blitz Damage
16th November 1940: An aerial view of the damage done by the bombardment of Coventry showing St Michaels Baptist Church completely gutted. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Blitz Skyline

Blitz Skyline
circa 1940: London skyline in the blitz silhouetted by the light of fires. (Photo by London Express/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Aerial View Of St. Pauls Cathedral After The Blitz

Aerial View Of St. Pauls Cathedral After The Blitz
Aerial view of London, including St. Pauls Cathedral, after the Blitz during World War II, London, England, 1941. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Fighter Pilots Scramble

Fighter Pilots Scramble
Fighter pilots of No. 601 Squadron RAF (County of London) Squadron running to their Hawker Hurricane aircraft during the Blitz, 9th January 1941

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Building Ablaze

Building Ablaze
1941: Flames shoot out from all floors of the Negretti and Zambra building in Holborn Circus, following a German air raid on London. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Heart Of London

Heart Of London
1941: A view from the roof of St Pauls Cathedral, which was itself damaged, showing the devastation in the heart of the City of London. The Old Bailey is seen in the centre distance

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: London Blitz

London Blitz
1940: Smoke rising behind St.Pauls Cathedral during the Blitz. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Damaged Landmark

Damaged Landmark
circa 1940: The famous dome of St Pauls Cathedral in London surrounded by debris from a World War II German bombing raid. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: London Skyline Blitz

London Skyline Blitz
1940: The London skyline during the blitz. (Photo by London Express/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Londons Old Bailey View After The Blitz

Londons Old Bailey View After The Blitz
High angle view of the ruins of the Central Criminal Court, known as the Old Bailey, with its dome intact, and the surrounding book publishers district after a fire bomb raid

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Hole In Floor

Hole In Floor
19th October 1940: A hole in the floor of St Pauls Cathedral, London, after the cathedral was hit in a German bombing raid. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Damaged St Paul s

Damaged St Paul s
20th October 1940: A hole in the roof of St Pauls Cathedral after an air raid. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Background imageWorld War II (1939-1945) Collection: Queens Hall

Queens Hall
1894: The Queens Hall in Langham Place, Regent Street, London. The hall was the venue for the Promenade Concerts until it was burned out in the blitz in 1941



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