Bobbies & look at the Blitz: unseen police photos & # 39; s reveal devastation and despair in Liverpool after Hitler & # 39; s Luftwaffe & # 39; Bombs rained on the city at night
- Never before did photos show the extent of the damage caused by The Blitz in Liverpool during the Second World War
- Statues were made by police officers at the time and are on display at the Museum of Liverpool
- They show destroyed buildings, streets covered with rubble and curved and battered overhead railway
- 10,000 houses were destroyed and 4,000 people were killed in Liverpool during the bombing
The devastation of the Blitz in Great Britain has been revealed in never before seen photos of destruction by police officers during the Second World War.
Rare photos show damage caused by bombing in Liverpool, the city that suffered the most civilian deaths in the UK outside of London.
The port of Liverpool and the surrounding areas were a major target for German bombers, with 4,000 civilians killed and 10,000 homes destroyed, leaving 70,000 people homeless.
Dramatic images show the public how their life is going between destroyed buildings, debris on the street and destroyed railway lines.
Photos never seen before have revealed the extent of the damage caused during the Blitz in Liverpool. The city was the target of Luftwaffe bombing because of the harbor and thousands of buildings were destroyed during the raids. Photos taken by police officers at that time are now being shown at the Liverpool Museum in a new exhibition. This image shows the damage to the Liverpool main railroad in May 1941 when the public considered the destruction
4,000 civilians were killed in Liverpool during The Blitz and 10,000 homes were destroyed, leaving 70,000 people homeless. Those who survived were praised for their resilience and audio recordings and written memories of survivors will be part of the museum exhibition. In the photo are the workers who remove bricks and debris from a street in Everton, from the city the morning after a bombing in October 1940
Among the areas shown are Walton and Everton, the Liverpool Overhead Railway and the corner of St George & # 39; s Crescent in the city center.
The images, part of a series of 60, have now been published as part of an exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool, which will open on June 14.
Kay Jones, the curator of the history of the urban community, said: & Seeing these striking images of desolation alongside the experiences of people who were there, really brings home what this city and its people were going through.
& # 39; They reveal many stories about personal tragedies, but also about the incredible resilience of local people. The legacies of these bombings are still visible in the city today.
& # 39; They also remind us of the ongoing conflict around the world and the continuing terrible human costs. & # 39;
The exhibition will also contain audio interviews and written memories of people going against the attack.
The images are considered important because they are the & # 39; desolation & # 39; of the city, but also what the residents experienced and how they had to continue their daily life. Pictured on the left is a soldier observing the damage caused to a building that was torn by bombs in May 1941 and showing on the right that in September 1940 authorities search through the rubble of a destroyed building
The images also show how random the bombing can be, with some buildings left in ruins while the surrounding structures appear to be completely intact. A museum spokesman said: "Recording scenes from Liverpool in the darkest days, this exhibition shows some of the most impressive photos, which embody the human effects of war." Pictured here is the public inspecting the smoking wreck of a building on Strand Street in the center of Liverpool in May 1941
It has three main themes – the city center and shops, houses and neighborhoods and as industry, docks and transportation.
Visitors will also be invited to share their own memories and responses to the photos with selected responses that appear next to the photos.
A museum spokesperson added: & # 39; Recording of scenes from Liverpool in the darkest days, this exhibition shows some of the most impressive photos, which embody the human effects of war. & # 39;
Apart from London, no city suffered more civilian casualties from air strikes than in Liverpool, but censorship never revealed the full story.
Schools were also not safe for the German bombs. Pictured here is Gwladys Street School, Walton, after being attacked in September 1940. The windows are smashed and doors are blown out, while teachers see the damage to the frame, which has fallen apart in certain places. Children are also depicted as they walk around, although large numbers are evacuated from the city to the countryside