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Blitz images fuse London then and now

By Steven Alexander

Published 10/05/2016

A view east down the Thames towards smoke rising from fires in Surrey docks, following the first German air raid of the London Blitz, September 7, 1940
A view east down the Thames towards smoke rising from fires in Surrey docks, following the first German air raid of the London Blitz, September 7, 1940
A police officer and a soldier inspect the aftermath of a German air raid at Portman Street on September 19 of the same year
Top: the bomb-damaged interior of Westminster Abbey after a German raid during the London Blitz is fused with a present day image of the landmark building
The same technique is used as soldiers help clear the debris of Bank Underground Station, in front of The Royal Exchange the morning after receiving a direct hit during the war

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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