The dome of St. Paul's Cathedral in London stands out from the flames and smoke of surrounding buildings during heavy attacks by the German Luftwaffe on Dec. 29, 1940. The German bombers and fighters flew across the English Channel by the hundreds, all intent on destroying London and forcing Britain out of the war and Hitler's way. As they dropped their bombs on the city on Sept. 7, 1940, the barrage signaled the start of the Blitz, the attack on the British mainland by Nazi forces during World War II. On Tuesday, Sept 7, 2010 a memorial service was held at St. Paul's Cathedral itself a symbol of British fortitude during the attacks on the 70th anniversary of the day the Germans focused on non-military targets, and to honor those who protected London during the attacks.
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31st December 1943: Searchlights over St Paul's Cathedral during The Blitz.
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17th October 1945: A group of men playing cricket on a blitzed site during their lunch-hour, with St Paul's Cathedral in the background.
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19th October 1940: A hole in the roof of St Paul's Cathedral above the altar after the cathedral was hit in a German bombing raid. Debris from the roof is lying in front of the altar.