London was an important target for Nazi Germany during WWII, and the city was attacked heavily during the ‘Blitzkrieg’ that lasted from September 7, 1940 to May 21, 1941. During that time, London was attacked 71 times, with attacks on other English cities also occurring. Over 40,000 civilians were killed.
To this day, Londoners are still encountering undetonated German bombs that were dropped during The Blitz.
Recently construction workers found a 5 foot long 1000 pound live bomb underneath a pensioners centre in Bermondsey. The bomb was buried two to three metres underground and still had its tail fin intact. This prompted the evacuation of two school and hundreds of homes.
“Seems our OAPs (old age pensioners) are hard as nails, drinking tea on top of a 1000lb bomb for 70 years,” Lucas Green, a councilor in the riverside London borough of Southwark, wrote on Twitter.
The Ministry of Information was a newly formed department responsible for publicity and propaganda during the Second World War. In late 1939, they were tasked with designing a number of morale boosting posters that would be displayed across the British Isles during the troubled times ahead.
The first two posters, ‘Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution will Bring Us Victory’ and ‘Freedom is in Peril’ were produced and displayed in public locations.
The third and final poster was created but never seen – it simply read ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’. This was to be issued only upon the invasion of Britain by Germany. As this never happened, the poster was never officially seen by the public. All were thought to have been destroyed in 1945, but one was discovered by a bookseller nearly 60 years later.
This poster was probably applicable again as residents quickly and quietly moved out of the blast radius so this bomb could be removed.