William White decided along with thirty foreign correspondants had arrived for Christmas decided to try and get into the Square Mile. They were given access so that they could tell the whole world just what was going on. Perhaps it would awaken America, suggested William White.
Taxi and Bus services were still trying to opporate around the Square Mile
at around 8pm the Firefighters were told to abandon the city and save only Saint Paul's. By 9pm Paternoster Square caught alight less then 25feet from the Cathedral. The Guildhall caught alight, Saint Brides Church caught alight. William White was documenting it all. Buildings which had not seen this level of bombardment in more then four hundred years. The heat was so intense, buildings were begining to spontaniously combust
Then the Water stopped.
The Watermains had been hit! The Germans had also planned the attack to coincide with the low tide of the Thames...when the firemen went to pump water, it was no good because the pumps would get plugged with silt.
by 9pm the firemen were recording a "Firestorm" the mix of wind and fire and lack of water turned the city into a living furnace. The furnace edge was 20 feet from Saint Pauls on the North, and West.
Then came the Citizens.
The people of the London Boroughs began to arrive at the Cathedral to seek sanctury or to help. They had walked through the burning night to be in the shadow of Saint Paul's. You see noone lives in the Square Mile, its all office blocks and Churches. These people left the safety of other parts of Lond which were not being attacked, and had to cross through the engulfing ring of fire. William White suddenly saw that British people can be courageous in both continuing with life despite tragic circumstances, and by braving the German Luftwaffe and journeying on a bizzare pilgrimmage to the threatened
at Midnight the one hundred and thirty planes (in total) retired back to france. But the firestorm left behind raged on. by 2am the buildings in central London began to crumble under the sustained weight of the firestorm.
eye witnesses tell of how uncanny it was that the whole city was laid waste except for one more or less completely untouched building. That of Saint Paul's sat majestically within the ring of fire she was unharmed and seamed to "float" as if "on the sea" except it was a sea of fire. William White returned to Westminster.
They thought it was over
They were wrong
The Planes had not Retired. They had simply returned for Fuel
Then GOD intervened. The Second Air Attack that would have destroyed London beyond all doubt, and Saint Paul's with it. Was called off due to the bad weather, the same weather that bought the wind. Hitler went Nuclear when he was informed that the German Offensive against London had failed.
The Whole Square Mile, half of the Docklands, and most of the embankments had been obliterated.
and smack in the centre of the Rubble, Saint Paul's almost unmarked towered as if the only surviving building. The British People could rebuild the city, but they were not prepared to lose the very Heart of it.
The Blitz on a lesser scale contined in London for FIFTY SEVEN consecutive nights. In total the Building was only Hit twice. The High Altar was Distroyed when a Bomb came through the East End Roof. And the North Transept Balcony was Distoryed. That was the entireity
100,000 people were killed in Dresden as a response in one night. Following the same Germanic plan...except...Our Guys returned a second time after refueling. Hamburg was to Follow, and then a lesser attack on Berlin itself. Where Germany and England failed to Bomb a Country into Submission, less then a year later The United States of America joined the Allied Offensive and within Four years proved that it was possible when Droping two Atomic Bombs on two Japanese Cities, Japan Surrendered