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Oxford Street,  1940. What's left of  John Lewis on the left.

Oxford Street, 1940. What's left of John Lewis on the left.

Aftermath of the Stainer Street bombing. Stainer Street runs through a long tunnel beneath London Bridge Station. During WWII, this cavernous area was employed as an air raid shelter. Tragically, on the evening of 17th February 1941,  the long arch suffered a direct hit, killing 68 people and injuring a further 178. Many of the casualties were medical staff from nearby Guys Hospital, who had rushed to the scene to help, only to be struck by a second explosion.

Aftermath of the Stainer Street bombing. Stainer Street runs through a long tunnel beneath London Bridge Station. During WWII, this cavernous area was employed as an air raid shelter. Tragically, on the evening of 17th February 1941, the long arch suffered a direct hit, killing 68 people and injuring a further 178. Many of the casualties were medical staff from nearby Guys Hospital, who had rushed to the scene to help, only to be struck by a second explosion.

GUY'S HOSPITAL: LIFE IN A LONDON HOSPITAL, ENGLAND, 1941. This patient has been marked on the forehead with 'M 1/4' meaning that they have received a 1/4 grain of morphine before arrival at the hospital.

GUY'S HOSPITAL: LIFE IN A LONDON HOSPITAL, ENGLAND, 1941. This patient has been marked on the forehead with 'M 1/4' meaning that they have received a 1/4 grain of morphine before arrival at the hospital.

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