Where history happened: 9 places affected by the Blitz

From September 1940 until May 1941, cities all around Britain were subject to sustained enemy bombing. We visit nine places affected by the attacks

AFS firemen tackle a blitz fire amidst the rubble surrounding St Paul's Cathedral, London. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the December 2009 issue of BBC History Magazine 

From his vantage point in Normandy, Nazi Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring pointed his binoculars in the direction of the English coast. It was 7 September 1940, a fateful day in the history of the Second World War. Overhead close to 1,000 German bomber and fighter aircraft headed towards the English capital where they would shortly wreak devastation on the streets below.

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