Docklands and the Blitz
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The first German bombs fell on central London on 24 August 1940. This was probably a mistake by German bombers who were aiming for industrial targets around the Thames estuary.
Royal Air Force (RAF) retaliation on Berlin soon followed. The Germans responed to this attack on their capital by bombing industrial targets and civilian centres. This was an attempt to 'soften up' the British population and to destroy its morale before the planned German invasion.
Targeting the docks
The port of London was the most heavily bombed civilian target in Britain. During the war over 25,000 bombs fell on Docklands. This photograph was taken from a Luftwaffe bomber over the Silvertown area.