This bronze memorial strongly reminded me of the horrific stories retold on the BBC in a recent(ish) documentary series marking 70 years since the start of the Blitz (7th September, 1940). [[Damned if I can remember the name of the series now.]]
The fire-fighters are facing St Paul’s Cathedral – a massive structure which managed to come through the war in one piece. British Pathé has a few minutes of archive footage about the damage to the building.
- St. Paul’s Bombed [no sound]
- Bomb Damage To St. Paul’s (1941) [no sound]
- Nine Years After – St. Paul’s Builds Anew (1949) which explains more about what was destroyed years earlier
- Home Front Heroes (1940) which features the bomb disposal team that removed a time delay device that would have destroyed the cathedral completely if left to detonate.
There is supposed to be a website for the memorial but it currently doesn’t seem to be working.