London and its environs experienced destruction on a huge and deadly scale, with air raids and rocket attacks. The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps—meticulously hand-colored to document the extent of the damage being wrought on the city and surrounding areas-represent much of the devastation caused by enemy bombing in the second world war between 1939 and 1945.
The architect’s department of London County Council documented it. The extent of the damage to each and every one of these buildings was logged and mapped in real-time by surveyors, architects, engineers and also the construction workers. The map also includes extracts from a variety of archive sources, which give a fuller appreciation of the raids and help put individual incidents in context.
The map interested me as it was done to help gauge the levels of destruction. It was done out of a need and not just for information.