Primary History KS2: Reporter describes London on fire

A BBC reporter describes the scene near St. Paul's following an air raid.

Reporter describes London on fire

The bombardment of London began on 7 September 1940. The sustained attack continued until May 1941, when the frequency of raids began to diminish, although they continued throughout the war.

In September 1940 the German air force dropped 5,300 tonnes of high explosives on London in just 24 nights. One of the worst affected areas was the City of London.

The streets to the north, south and east of St Paul's were entirely destroyed - but almost miraculously the Cathedral escaped serious damage.


I can see practically the whole of London spread round me...the whole of the skyline to the south lit up with a ruddy glow...the flames are leaping up in the air now...the dome of St Paul's cathedral is silhouetted blackly against's almost like the Day of Judgement.

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