MANY FASCINATING LINKS TO LONDON’S WARTIME PAST REMAIN AND CAN BE EASILY VIEWED, IF YOU KNOW WHERE TO LOOK. LONDONER STEVE HUNNISETT GIVES BRITAIN AT WAR READERS A GUIDED TOUR OF WHAT CAN BE SEEN, AND WHERE.
SECOND WORLD WAR | SCARS OF THE BLITZ
Considering that the civil defence preparations for the Second World War began with the onset of the Munich Crisis in 1938, there is still a remarkable amount of evidence of our wartime past to be found in London and the suburbs. As would be expected, much of it is fading and dilapidated but other examples are surprisingly complete - and occasionally still fulfilling useful roles to this day. There are plenty of plaques, statues and war memorials in London that many of us are familiar with, but let’s look at the surviving hardware from the war in the shape of signage, structures and other tangible reminders of this era. As I am a Londoner born and bred, I have concentrated on the various London boroughs within the M25 area but, of course, there is plenty to be found outside the capital as well.