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Video: Belfast Blitz - Amazing images brought to life


New animated photographs of the Belfast blitz in May 1941 can now be viewed on the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland website.

The chosen photographs, from government files created at the time, show the terrible aftermath of the air raid attacks on the city.

By applying digital technology, PRONI has enhanced the photographs, incorporating animation to add realism.

The images now include features such as ‘moving’ plumes of smoke from ruined buildings.

Joy Carey, digitisation officer, said: “These photographs, which were included in a report compiled by the Ministry of Public Security on the air raids on Belfast and their aftermath, illustrate the devastation caused to the city centre during heavy attacks during the nights of May 4 and 5, 1941.

"Over the two nights 150 people were killed and more than half of the city’s housing stock was rendered uninhabitable.”

The images are available to view on PRONI’s Flickr site at www.flickr.com/photos/proni 

The photographs are from the Cabinet Secretariat Official War History of Northern Ireland archive at PRONI which contains hundreds of photographs illustrating the devastation caused during the German air raids during the Second World War.

They can be freely consulted in the public Reading Room in PRONI’s  building at Titanic Boulevard.

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