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Fitzgeorge Street After a Raid | by Greater Manchester Police
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Fitzgeorge Street After a Raid

The latest upload from our historic Manchester City Police World War 2 Collection.


We are not entirely sure what is taking place in this image taken on Fitzgeorge Street in Collyhurst during the early 1940s.


A Manchester City Police officer appears to be recovering chairs from one of the bomb-damaged houses. A family sit on the ground close by. Could the chairs have come from the ruins of their home?


Manchester suffered badly as a result of wartime bombing, most notably during the Christmas Blitz of 1940.


Almost 700 died during the raids and thousands were left homeless.


Manchester City Police photographers worked throughout the war recording bomb damage, photographing casualties and documenting the work of the emergency services and armed forces.


The force’s wartime images, preserved in a series of bound albums, have remained largely unseen since the end of the war. They now form part of the collection of the Greater Manchester Police Museum and Archive and provide a fascinating look at life during one of the most difficult periods in the history of the city and region.


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Taken circa 1941