The Blitz in colour: New pictures show the devastation of WW2 Nazi bombings on London

Andy Wells
Yahoo News UK

These incredible pictures show the true horror of the Blitz like never before after they were expertly colourised.

The Blitz saw German bombers target industrial areas like London and Coventry from September 7, 1940 to May 11, 1941, during World War Two.

After failing to gain air superiority during the Battle of Britain, Hitler turned his attention to breaking the will of the British people.

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32,000 civilians lost their lives during the Blitz, with 87,000 seriously injured.

The bombings also saw two million homes destroyed, with famous landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Chamber of the House of Commons all sustaining damage.

The coloured pictures are the work of Welsh electrician, Royston Leonard, 55, who has painstakingly brought the snaps into the twenty-first century.


Three children sit by what remains of their home following an overnight attack in East London. (MediaDrumWorld)

Scenes of horror

A woman is rescued from the rubble after a V2 attack in Manor Park, East London. (MediaDrumWorld)


A little girl was pictured cradling her doll amongst the rubble following another German bombing. (MediaDrumWorld)

Seeking shelter

Londoners lie on the tracks at Aldwych Underground Station to shelter from the aerial bombardment. (MediaDrumWorld)

Reduced to rubble

The private Holland House Library in Kensington, West London, was bombed by a Luftwaffe raid in September 1940. Here, men survey the damage. (MediaDrumWorld)

Making a difference

Nurses collet blankets from beds at St Peter’s Hospital in Stepney, East London. (MediaDrumWorld)


Second World War fighter pilot Flight Lieutenant James ‘Ginger’ Lacey, downed at least 28 enemy planes. Here he is awarded a silk scarf. (MediaDrumWorld)


Burn out fire engines lie on the road in Whitecross Street in Islington, North London. (MediaDrumWorld)

Brutal campaign

Hitler targeted industrial areas after the Battle of Britain. (MediaDrumWorld)

Rescue effort

Rescuers with an ‘R’ on their helmets pull a bomb victim from the rubble. (MediaDrumWorld)


Firemen proudly hang a Union Jack on a lamp post after a two-night attack on Plymouth, Devon.


The Nazi bombings destroyed two million homes during the Blitz. (MediaDrumWorld)

Heroes of the skies

Pilots of No. 310 (Czechoslovak) Squadron RAF and their British flight commanders are pictured at Duxford in 1940. (MediaDrumWorld)

Bombing offensive

32,000 civilians lost their lives during the Blitz, with 87,000 seriously injured. (MediaDrumWorld)

Christmas time

A child sleeps cuddles up with her doll in an Anderson air raid shelter full of Christmas decorations. (MediaDrumWorld)

Bricks and mortar

Eglington Street in Belfast was destroyed following an air raid in Northern Ireland in May 1941. (MediaDrumWorld)


A police officer and soldier inspect the aftermath of a devastating air raid on Portman Street in Marylebone, Central London. (MediaDrumWorld)

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