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June 2, 2020

Incredible Vintage Photos of Belfast During German Air Raids in 1941

Belfast is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland, standing on the banks of the River Lagan on the east coast. It is the 12th-largest city in the United Kingdom and the second-largest on the island of Ireland.

By the early 19th century, Belfast became a major port. Shipbuilding was a key industry; the Harland and Wolff shipyard, which built the RMS Titanic, was the world’s biggest shipyard.

The images in this album are from the Records of the Cabinet Secretariat, Official War History of Northern Ireland.

The photographs show the extent of the destruction caused during German air raid attacks on the city of Belfast in April and May 1941.

Bridge Street, Belfast, May 8th 1941

Soldier on Bridge Street, Belfast, May 8th 1941

Waring Street, Belfast, May 1941

York Street, Belfast, May 1941

“Land of Hope and Glory”, York Road, Belfast, April 16th, 1941

A.F.S. in York Street, Belfast, April 17th, 1941

Antrim Road corner of Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, April 19th, 1941

Bridge Street, City Centre, Belfast, May 8th, 1941

Corner of York Street and Lower Donegall Street, Belfast, January 1941

Donegall Place, Belfast, July 1941

High Street and Bridge Street, Belfast, December 1941

Static water tank under construction, Bridge Street, Belfast, 1941

Tramway Depot, Antrim Road, Belfast, April 16th, 1941


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