Docklands and the Blitz
|Aftermath of destruction|
As well as repairing damaged houses, the authorities had to provide various services for bombed-out families who found themselves without the basic necessities to live.
This photograph shows a mobile laundry service at East Surrey Grove in Southwark.
The press and government launched a propaganda campaign that portrayed the tough resistance of Londoners.
But as the bombing continued there were signs that in dockside areas the population was showing visible signs of psychological trauma. In order to raise morale, members of the government and Royal family visited the devastated areas.