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One man, his dog and a policeman

06/06/2015

It’s seventy one years today since D-Day, but even though that began the liberation of Western Europe from the Nazis, soon after British civilians began suffering from V-1 and then V-2 attacks in their own homes and streets. I came across this photograph on the IWM website recently (while looking for something completely different) showing the human aftermath of a V-1 attack on south London. It’s quite unusual in the level of background the official caption gives about the victim, and the policeman:

PC Frederick Godwin of Gipsy Hill Police Station supplies tea and sympathy to a now homeless man after a V1 attack that sadly killed his wife and destroyed his home. He returned from taking his dog (also pictured) for a walk to find a scene of devastation. In the background, rescue workers can be seen searching the rubble and debris for any survivors of this attack which destroyed almost an entire street.

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