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Mobile laundry service in East Surrey Grove.
Facilities such as this mobile laundry service van were organised by the Women's Voluntary Service (WVS) for Air Raid Precautions. They also...
New housing being built on Appleby Road, part of the Keir Hardie Estate in Canning Town.
Around 35% of the London housing stock was destroyed during the Second World War and many homes that had survived were slums. The 1945 Labour...
LCMs (Landing Craft Mechanized) in a major exercise off the French coast.
A flotilla of landing craft in a major exercise in September 1943 as part of the preparations for the D-Day landings of the following year.
Launch of an LCT with women shipyard workers looking on.
A landing craft being launched in a shipyard where many of the workers were women. During the Second World War many women took on jobs and services...
Landing craft moving ashore during the attack on Elba.
Landing craft carrying French troops for the attack on Elba on 17 June 1944.
Landing craft under construction.
A landing craft under construction at Harland and Wolf's yard in North Woolwich.
Night-time raid on the Surrey Commercial Docks.
The Surrey Docks were traditionally used as a storage area for huge lengths of timber imported from the Baltic countries. Great logs were floated in...
People around a bomb crater in Ravenscroft Road.
By June 1941 over a million houses in London had been damaged or destroyed and one Londoner in six had been homeless at some point. Over 20,000...
Poster explaining how to tackle fire bombs.
Incendiary or 'fire bombs' were dropped in order to start large fires. There were two varieties. The first was an oil bomb, a device in which...
Ration book and clothing book.
Food rationing began on 8 January 1940. Each person was allowed a specific mount of basic foods. Clothes rationing on points began in June 1941 and a...
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