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The Blitz Begins In London

The Blitz Begins In London

The Blitz began in 1940 and was officially declared over on the 11th of May 1941, meaning that London was bombed for 57 consecutive nights. The word blitz comes from the German word Blitzkrieg which can be translated to ‘lightning war’. 55,000 casualties were recorded during these ariel attacks and almost 180,000 people sheltered in the London Underground nightly as over 12,000 metric tonnes of bombs were unleashed on the capital. The first day of the Blitz is often referred to as ‘Black Saturday’. London was not the only city to be devasted by these air attacks, Coventry also endured significant damage with Coventry Cathedral being nearly completely destroyed by German bombs.

Learn more about The Blitz with our activities!

Activity Ideas:

  • Learn more about Winston Churchill with this talk and quiz – here
  • Explore Churchill’s most famous speeches with these quotes – here
  • Get together to have a sing-a-long with these wartime classics – here
  • Get crafty with this lantern activity – here
  • Learn more about The Great Fire Of London with this special edition digest – here