Photograph of a Blitz fire in the area surrounding St Paul's Cathedral, 1941


AFS (Auxiliary Fire Service) firemen tackle a Blitz fire amidst the rubble surrounding St Paul's Cathedral, London.

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Blitz Fire
May 1941
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