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In the early years of WW2 two of Britain's most important industrial cities Featured 01251 Image

In the early years of WW2 two of Britain's most important industrial cities

In the early years of WW2 two of Britain's most important industrial cities, Liverpool and Manchester were woefully unprotected from enemy bombing raids. Once the capitulation of France had occurred after Dunkirk, the Luftwaffe was able to base its vast bomber fleet at forward airfields that brought these strategic targets within their range. The effect was catastrophic and the two cities and surrounding industrial centers bore the brunt of the Nazi airborne blitz. It was clear that more anti-aircraft guns and fighter aircraft were desperately required to stop the slaughter of the population and vital industries. Thus was conceived 9 Group of the Royal Air Force, charged with the air defence of the entire region.
This book relates how the Group was formed and the immense difficulties involved - due to shortages of suitable aircraft, guns and operational infrastructure. Fought mostly at night during a period when night-fighter tactics were in their infancy and inexperienced aircrew were having to fly over difficult mountainous terrain and in appalling weather conditions resulting in a high casualty rate.
Eventually things improved and the Squadrons within 9 Group started to bring down significant numbers of raiding bombers whether they approached from the East or took advantage of neutral Ireland's street lights to guide them via the Irish Sea to their intended targets.
(Picture) Rubbing the dust from one of the modern "eyes of the night" used by the Royal Engineers.
Circa 1940

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Inspector and sergeants of the Cardiff City police force seen here undertaking the local Featured 01251 Image

Inspector and sergeants of the Cardiff City police force seen here undertaking the local

Inspector and sergeants of the Cardiff City police force seen here undertaking the local authority gas certificated instructors training course at the Law Courts in Cardiff. The issuing of gas masks and gas training for local government officials and emergency service became compulsory following the introduction of the 1937 Air Raid Precaution Act.
28th September 1938

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London swelters in the heat and everybody is looking for a place to keep cool Featured 01251 Image

London swelters in the heat and everybody is looking for a place to keep cool

London swelters in the heat and everybody is looking for a place to keep cool. London's Victoria Park Lido in the east end has 4000 people in the bath at one time with a big queue still waiting to get in. Pictured, Jean Wright lays on the cool stones. 17th June 1957

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1950s, 1957, 20th Century, Bathing Costume, Heat, Hot Weather, London, Summer, Sunbathing, Swimming Costume, Woman