Tea in London

Tea Time in London 1940

Almost every day and night from the autumn of 1940 until the spring of 1941, the city of London was bombed by the German Luftwaffe. The worst night was the final night, May 10, when 3,000 Londoners died. Later in the war, London was the target of V-1 and V-2 rockets.

After a raid, hundreds or thousands would find their homes gone, their neighborhoods gone, and they struggled to find some scrap of normalcy, such as a cup of tea.

Tea Blitz 2

Frederick Godwin of Gipsy Hill Police Station in London offers tea and sympathy to a man after a V-1 attack has killed his wife and destroyed his home, 1944. Ministry of Information Photo Division, from the collection of The Imperial War Museum. (I have been unable to find a source for the first photo.)


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