Historic black and white images show ‘Keep Calm, Carry On’ mentality of Brits during WW2 – The Sun

POIGNANT black and white photos taken during World War Two demonstrate the 'keep calm and carry on' Blitz spirit of Brits during the 1940s.

Striking footage shows British people playing, laughing, joking and going to parties, even as they feared a Luftwaffe bombing.

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The country remained defiant as it endured months of German bombing.

Between September 1940 and May 1941, 41,480 people were killed in the bombing raids – 5,184 of them children.

Nazi planes dropped 58,000 tonnes of bombs on Britain during the Blitz.

But these photos show cheerful faces as life went on despite the chaos and terror.

The images show people working together to overcome their panic and help repair the devastation caused during the campaign.

Government officials even said Brits were generally ‘cheerful’, ‘highly confident’ and ‘taking the bombing with good heart’, despite the staggering loss of life.

The images are relevant – and inspiring – as coronavirus panic sweeps the UK 80 years on.


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Millions of people are currently working from home as offices shut down, while railways and major roads fall silent and panic-buyers empty supermarket shelves of essential items.

Schools in Wales and Scotland have closed, and a decision for schools in England is 'imminent'.

Coronavirus cases have hit 2,626 in the UK. There have also been 72 deaths.

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