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Filename: aa42_00327.jpg

Size: 4154 x 5162 (9.2MB)

Date: 17th June 2021

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: https://images.historicenglandservices.org.uk/

Job Title: Photographer

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New Street Coventry, 1941 a42_00327

New Street, Coventry. The exterior of 30 New Street with a woman standing in the doorway of the house holding a baby and the windows boarded as a result of bomb damage. A note beneath the photograph reports that the baby was " born during the great air-raid". Coventry City centre was devastated by air raids in November 1940. The bombing left the nearby cathedral in ruins and destroyed much of the historic fabric of the city. New Street was demolished following the end of the war

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Bomb Damage Coventry Blitz Destruction Enemy Action House Incendiary Luftwaffe Second World War Shell Wwii


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This powerful print captures the aftermath of the devastating Coventry Blitz during World War II. Taken in 1941, it shows New Street in Coventry with a woman standing in the doorway of number 30, cradling her baby. The windows are boarded up as a result of bomb damage inflicted by enemy action. The note beneath the photograph reveals that this resilient baby was born during one of the great air raids that ravaged Coventry. The city center was left in ruins after being targeted by incendiary bombs and shells from Luftwaffe planes in November 1940. This merciless attack not only reduced much of the historic fabric to rubble but also left nearby landmarks like the cathedral devastated. New Street itself did not survive these dark times and was eventually demolished following the end of the war. However, this poignant image serves as a reminder of both human resilience and wartime destruction. Photographer George Bernard Mason has skillfully captured a moment frozen in time, conveying both hope and despair within a single frame. It stands as an enduring testament to those who endured unimaginable hardships during this tumultuous period in history.

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