Lest we forget
Gurney Street, explosion 1942. Eighteen people were killed, 62 were seriously injured and 72 were slightly injured. 1000kg G type parachute mine which had lain undiscovered since when it was dropped on the last night of the blitz, May 11, 1941.
Emergency water supplies (EWS) were critical to provide the much-needed water to fire crews fighting the fires caused by wartime bombing and incendiary attacks. Some were purpose built, like the one shown here, others were created out of the basements of bombed buildings. Water mains could not always be relied on as enemy action could damage or destroy these and, if river supplies were not readily available, emergency water supplies from these dams were needed.
For the duration of the Second World War small, two-person air-raid shelters were installed throughout London Underground. This allowed staff to stay at their posts during raids and helped things to get back to normal more quickly once the danger had passed. The shelters were known as bell shelters because of their shape. Inside were two small seats and a table.
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