1940 7th September The Blitz started Black Saturday
Towards the end of Summer, The German Luftwaffe was instructed to start focusing on industrial and military targets near London and other parts of the UK. The first on Saturday 7th Sept around London Docks area.
It became known as Black Saturday, not to be confused with Holy / Black Saturday which is the Saturday before Easter, where Jesus lay in his death Tomb. Both days in history s were solemn dark days of mourning.
The Germans, were not able to invade England so far, because it was a well-defended Island. The RAF had not been defeated and the Navy too strong to allow ships to gain access.
London the capital being the obvious initial focus but then major Cities awaited fate and were hit from November onwards. Birmingham, Coventry, Port cities Plymouth, Manchester, Liverpool, Southampton, Portsmouth. Thousands of bombs and incendiary bombs caused fires, destruction, deaths and injuries. Targets such as North Woolwich, Beckton, Silvertown, Surrey Docks were some of the first hit. Reports of the skies being filled with enemy planes.
London Surrey Docks Plaque 7th September 1940
The blue round plaque and the black round plaque, in the photos, are on the original Sight of the Former Surrey Commercial Docks, the building is now a Business college, LCIBS.
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