On this day: London Library is Bombed

After a number of near misses, London Library was finally hit by German bombs on the 23rd of February, 1944.

The library, founded in 1841, is on St James’s Square.

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On 23rd February 1944 The London Library came within a few feet of being totally destroyed. Bombed Second World War Two

On 23rd February 1944 The London Library came within a few feet of being totally destroyed. Bombed Second World War Two 0238_-_The_Sackler_Study_1944

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Christmas Day at War

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25th December 1944: British Royal Artillery cooks prepare Christmas dinner near the German town of Geilenkirchen. The region had fallen to the Allies the month before.

A Wartime Christmas

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Mrs Devereux and her twelve-year-old daughter Jean at their home in Pinner, Middlesex, England in December of 1944.

The Christmas tree was a present from Mr Devereux, who was serving overseas in the war, and was organised through a YMCA initiative.

More photographs of the family’s Christmas can be found HERE.

On this day: Christmas dinner during the war

19th December 1944: Men of 1/5th Welch Regiment, 53rd (Welsh) Division, sit down to their Christmas dinner, near Baexem in Holland.

Caption from the Imperial War Museum.

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Wartime Christmas, 1944.

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Christmas in London in 1944, the last Christmas of the Second World War. The caption for the image reads:

At the Canning Town settlement, Derek Cunningham receives a Christmas card and savings stamp. In addition, he is holding a paper bag containing a new toy and some sweets, donated as Christmas gifts by America through the British War Relief Society.

From the collection of the Imperial War Museums.

On this day: a funeral in Queensland

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12th December 1944: A funeral taking place at Atherton War Cemetery in the northern Australian state of Queensland.

Built in 1942, halfway through the Second World War, the cemetery contains 164 graves.

From the collection of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

On this day: the death of a war photographer

Ralph Morse, an American photographer for Life magazine, and war correspondent in Britain in the 1940s, died in Florida on the 7th of December, 2014 at the age of ninety-seven.

American soldier and his English girlfriend on lawn in Hyde Park, London, 1944. Photograph By Ralph Morse.

Amongst his popular photographs were those of American soldiers stationed in England during the Second World War alongside their local girlfriends. The image above was taken in London’s Hyde Park in 1944 in the buildup to D-Day. Interestingly, the American soldier is clearly wearing a wedding ring on his left hand.