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Blitz images fuse London then and now

By Steven Alexander

A series of eerily unsettling images to commemorate the London Blitz has brought history into the present.

Exactly 75 years ago today, the Luftwaffe mounted its last major bombing raid on London, known as 'The Longest Night'.

The 1941 air raid brought to an end a deadly campaign that killed over 20,000 people in the English capital, left another 1.5m Londoners homeless and changed the city landscape more than at any time since the Great Fire of 1666.

The main digital composition in this series by Getty Images is of a policeman and soldier in Portman Street after a German air raid in September 1940.

It has been combined with one taken at the same spot near Marble Arch last month to produce a haunting scene.

Last month, Belfast remembered the Luftwaffe attacks that devastated the city. More than 1,000 people were killed and 100,000 made homeless after 200 planes bombed the city in April and May 1941.

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