The Swansea Blitz

World War ll brought wholesale destruction to many towns in Britain. In Swansea it was the heavy and sustained bombing by the Luftwaffe over three nights in February 1941 that has remained etched in Brian Legg’s memory.

“This is where I lived during the blitz, 41 Gwynfair Road. It was completely lit up like fairyland with incendiaries and bombs. I’ll never forget it. It’s a thing that somebody would never forget if you experienced it. It was terrible”.

The town centre was engulfed in flames. More than 850 properties were destroyed and 11,000 buildings were damaged. But for a young boy, the war also brought a sense of excitement. It is personal testimony like Brian’s that really connects us today with our more recent past.
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