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Firemen tackling a V1 blaze at the Standard Telephone and Cable Company.
|Firemen tackling a V1 blaze at the Standard Telephone and Cable Company.|
|© National Maritime Museum, London|
|Repro ID: H2847|
|Description: With the threat of war looming, the British government created the Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) in July 1938. On the outbreak of war, the AFS members worked alongside the regular firemen. The Blitz started in September 1940 and saw widespread devastation all over London. Thousands of men and fire-engines were called on to deal with the fires. This image shows firemen, shrouded in smoke and debris, battling the blaze caused by a V1 strike on the Standard Telephone and Cable Company Works in Woolwich in 1944.|
|Credit line: Newham Archives and Local Studies Library collection.|