Bombing – and machine gunning of civilians – continues

WW2 Bomb crater during London Blitz

A bomb crater beside a railway line in London. Even when bombs did not destroy buildings they could still cause massive disruption.

From the Naval Military and Air Situation for the week ending 7th November 1940, as reported to the War Cabinet:

Other Damage.

105. Bombs have been dropped on three nights in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, causing damage to the Royal Mews. Lion House, Holborn (occupied by the Ministry of Labour), Apsley House and the Naval and Military Club in Piccadilly and the Edinburgh Zoo all suffered damage.

106. Damage to house property in London has been less than in previous weeks but is still more extensive than in the provinces. The South-East towns (especially Ramsgate), Birmingham, Coventry and East Scotland (particularly Aberdeen) have received most damage, but a serious degree of damage has also been reported from Hull, Maidstone, Ashford, Luton, Boston and from a number of Home County areas, particularly Essex.

107. Police stations have been hit at Kilburn, where 25 casualties were caused, and Dover; fire stations at Poplar and Bromley; A.R.P. service premises at Bexley, Dover and Finsbury. Though several civilian shelters have been damaged, casualties have in no case been heavy.

108. Machine-gunning of villages, small towns and railway stations has been a prominent feature. Fifteen instances were reported on the 3rd November, eight on the 31st October and five on the 4th November, besides scattered incidents on other days.

109. There were no serious incidents reported from Hospitals or Schools although they sustained a considerable share of the enemy’s attacks.

Civilian Casualties.

110. The approximate figures for the week ending 0600 the 6th November were 399 killed and 1,102 in total of which London suffered 253 killed and 497 injured. This represents about half the total number of casualties for the previous week in London; in the provinces, however, while the number of deaths is about half that of last week, the total of wounded has increased from about 400 to 600. In no town outside London did casualties exceed 100, the highest provincial death roll being at Fraserburgh where over 28 were killed.


111. For the first time since intensive bombing was started the total number of U.X.B.’s remaining for disposal has sunk below 3,000. Of 2,740 remaining 488 are in London.

Morale and Civil Defence Operations.

112. The courage of people in the country as a whole remains at a high level. To this the Civil Defence Services have contributed by their efficiency and sympathy.

113. Civil Defence work has not been so arduous as in previous weeks but adverse weather conditions have made the fall of bombs more difficult for wardens to locate and have hampered rescue and repair work

See TNA CAB/66/13/15

Produced by the British Government in October 1940, ‘London Can Take It’ is narrated by American journalist Quentin Reynolds and pays tribute to London and its people during the Blitz on the capital.

The film’s huge impact at the time, especially in the USA, makes it historically one of the most important of the Ministry of Information’s wartime films.

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tabgilbert November 8, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Thank you for taking the time and effort to do this. Wonderful design and format. Perfect for a quick history lesson. It is much appreciated.

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