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    TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 29), LONDON ENDURED A NIGHT NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN.?

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    LONDON ABLAZE ON THE NIGHT OF DECEMBER 29, 1940, AND FIRE-FIGHTING SCENES; THEN THE REBUILT CITY TODAY.




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    Background: TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO ON WEDNESDAY (DECEMBER 29), LONDON ENDURED A NIGHT NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN. A SHOWER OF GERMAN INCENDIARY BOMBS RAINED DOWN ON THE CITY - AND THE SECOND GREAT FIRE OF LONDON BEGAN. IT WAS NEARLY 300 YEARS AFTER THE FIRST GREAT FIRE IN 1666.

    THE TARGET FOR THE GERMAN BOMBERS THAT WINTER'S NIGHT WAS THE ACTUAL CITY OF LONDON, THE BUSINESS HEART OF LONDON AND THE COMMONWEALTH COVERING A COMPACT AREA OF JUST OVER A SQUARE MILE.

    THEY CAME IN JUST AFTER 6 P.M. - ABOUT 100 OF THEM. THE AIR WAS SHRILL WITH THE WHISTLING INCENDIARIES AS BUILDING AFTER BUILDING BURST INTO FLAMES. ABOUT 1500 FIRES BROKE OUT, INCLUDING 16 MAJOR ONES. FORTUNATELY, THE CITY WAS VIRTUALLY UNPOPULATED AT THE TIME.

    HUNDREDS OF FIREMEN AND APPLIANCES WENT INTO ACTION. EXTRA FIRE TRUCKS WERE CALLED IN FROM THE SUBURBS. NINE FIREBOATS CAME UP THE THAMES. 100 TENDERS HELPED CARRY VITAL WATER SUPPLIES.

    HISTORIC BUILDINGS, SUCH AS THE GUILDHALL, CHURCHES AND COURTHOUSES, WEE DESTROYED. BUT ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL ESCAPED WITH A BRUISING. OUTSTANDING DEEDS OF HEROISM WERE REPORTED AS FIREMEN BATTLED THROUGH THE NIGHT TO SAVE THE CITY.

    BY DAWN, THE CITY WAS SAVED. THE FIRES WERE UNDER CONTROL. BUT IN THE MONTH TO COME IT WAS TO GET A FURTHER BATTERING OF BOMBS.

    TODAY A NEW CITY HAS RISEN FROM THE RUINS. BOMB SITES HAVE DISAPPEARED AS HUGE BUILDINGS MUSHROOM INTO THE MODERN CITY OF LONDON.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF15F5DQCOOKL8MNHYVJ8D92OD
    Media URN:
    VLVAF15F5DQCOOKL8MNHYVJ8D92OD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/12/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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