Welcome to the blitz!
This is a London street in the early 1940's depicting a typical semi-detached house of the era. On the left side is number 2, and on the right is number 4, which sadly had a bomb dropped on it.
During the early years of the Second World War, Londoners had many night-time raids as the Luftwaffe dropped bombs over the city. Thousands of homes were destroyed and many killed. After the war many damaged houses were demolished and a national shortage lead to the construction of the infamous pre-fab house.
This street is depicted in November 1941.
Number 2 - undamaged from the explosion and fire next door this house is still lived in. Note the lampost to the right. The black and white at the bottom was designed to make it clearer to see in the blackout (where all the lights were dimmed to make London harder to see from the air). It also made driving conditions lethal.
An air-raid siren. Many were installed on poles across London to warn of impending attack.
A barrage balloon. These were blimps attached to heavy cables and tied to the ground. When an air-raid was expected the balloons were raised and designed as anti-aircraft machines. At night the bombers wouldn't see the cables holding the balloon and fly into them, shredding the plane.
This man is off to war; with his young family watching.
A better view of number 2
Number 4 - damaged from the bomb. The roof has caved in and it is mostly a shell.
Fire still rages (thanks to 9V battery and lights)