When Paris Fell to Nazi Germany, the British Responded in force by air. The German Retaliation was called "Blitz Krieg"
The most major Attack on record was direct on The city of London.
5pm black-out. The lights in London all went out, streetlamps, house lamps, car lamps. The idea was the city would dissapear into the night. the bombers would have more trouble detecting their target. It was enforced by law
6.10pm the air-raid warnings begin, and the Dean of Saint Paul's Cathedral was warned that the main Target was London, possibly the Cathedral.
Down the Road in Trafalgar a U.S invited Reporter was watching a silent Movie in the Cinema, he would be the first to publish the utter distruction of a Force not ever seen before. His name was William White.
6.15 Anti-aircraft guns begin to shell the skies above london.
But the first wave was only TEN Bombers. They were using a tonal system of radar. There was a radar that gave a tone out of London, and a Rader that gave them their own tone. When they were in the same Geo-location the two tones would become a single tone, that told the Bombers to go
Incendry bombs. These are small explosives meant to act as lighting beacons for the planes, and possibly cause fires. At this point it became evident just what the bombers were lighting up. Saint Paul's Cathedral. The Saint Paul's Watch went out on the roofs to begin to put out the incendries.
One of the Incendries bounced on the dome and became lodged on the dome itself. The Dome is not an easily accessable place for a man to extinquish a fire. It was begining to melt the lead of the dome, underneith the lead outer layer was a wooden frame...if the incendry penetrated it...but by the Hand Of GOD, the bomb suddenly became dislodged and crashed onto the Stone Gallery where it was extinguished.
At this point the Government realized that the Germans were going to do exactly what they did to Coventry. Hitler played Tit-for-tat. When the British drew a huge Strike on Munich, Hitler replied by almost flatening Coventry, and one of the Buildings which had been at the Heart of the Community and Target campaign had been the successful distruction of Coventry Cathedral. The bombed out Cathedral remains today as a memorial....right next to it is the Rebuilded New Cathedral. It became crystal clear that the Germans had decided to do the same with London, specifically Saint Paul's often seen as a major moral booster to the city and prominent symbol of the British Reserve.
Hitler hoped that this display would convince the British to surrender.
by 7pm 10 Thousand Incendries had been dropped on Fleet-street and the surounding area of Ludgate. This area was EXTREMELY flammable because it was where the newspapers were held. Before you knew it, fire was begining to spread in the alleyways surrounding the Square Mile. Three extra Firefighter divisions were sent to the area to support the already overstretched service.
Thirty Bombers arrived on the scene, these carried high explosives, designed to drop on the fires that were left by the incenduries. 550lb Bombs would land within the fires, in the hopes that they would continue to burn and become uncontrollable to the Firebrigade. Saint Paul's must have trembled in her boots, the Monestry of Old Saint Paul's Burned Alive in the fire of London.
7.15pm The Firemen began to lose control of the fires around the City, one by one Streets within the Square Mile were taken by the flames engulfing five story buildings full of newspapers and books
7.20pm The London Underground shut down. this puzzled the people in Westminster, less then 2 miles to the West, who didnt really know what was going on. This is a testament to the acuracy and also motive of what the Germans were attempting. William White tiered of his Movie and went outside to begin his report in Westminster Savoy. The Americans could not understand how the British in Westminster were simply living life as usual whilst the Square Mile burned.
At 7.30pm Englands War Time Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill got a call to tell him Saint Paul's Cathedral was under direct attack. "At All Costs Saint Paul's MUST be saved" Came the reply. Saint Paul's was now more or less enclosed within a ring of fires and still fighting incenduries that kept falling on the roof.
by 7.31pm the Bombs were begining to hit shelters, those shelters would collapse, killing the many people inside. Whole Families were obliterated, and three Hospitals were in the Bombing Area. Saint Thomas, and Guys being two. Cannon Street, Morgate, Waterloo, all major Stations on the underground were alight.
7.50pm. Firemen reported the wind was picking up, and this was making their job twice as difficult
By now William White and most of Westminster had come out onto the streets to see what the Bright Lights were. They hadnt realized just what a firestorm in London could look like.
somewhere in the region of over 120 thousand bombs were dropped...and there was more to come... and Ten thousand of them had been Inceduries