The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939-1945


An invaluable graphic representation of the bombardment of London during the Second World War – one of the most dramatic episodes in the history of the city

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Laurence Ward


Between 1939 and 1945, London and its environs experienced destruction on a huge scale, with air raids and rocket attacks reducing buildings and entire streets to rubble. The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps speak of the human experience of war – of loss and camaraderie, of tragedy and heroism – conjuring up the days of blackout and the ‘Spirit of the Blitz’. They tell a story, moreover, that was echoed in towns and cities across Britain and throughout the world.

The maps, meticulously hand-coloured to document the level of damage being wrought, represent a key record of the destruction, the impact of which can still be seen in the capital’s urban and social landscapes. Featuring new, high-quality images of each of the 110 maps that make up the set, complete with archival tables of often grim statistics, this book marks the first time these remarkable documents – part historical artifacts, part social history – have been published for a general audience.

The book also includes a series of extraordinary photographs of the damage done to the City of London in particular, taken with a sympathetic yet unflinching eye by police constables Arthur Cross and Fred Tibbs.

Additional information

Weight 2936 g
Dimensions 27 x 36.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 November 2015
Number of pages 288
Format Hardback
Dimensions 27 x 36.5 cm
Weight 2936 g


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Laurence Ward is Principal Archivist at the London Metropolitan Archives.