The Underworld: Taking cover in a Tube Station during a London air raid, 1918 by Walter Bayes
IWM ART 935
First World War
The Air Raids That Shook Britain In The First World War
During the First World War, Britain came under attack from the air, putting civilians in the firing line for the very first time.   At the start of the war, Britain was ill-prepared to deal with the threat from enemy airships and aircraft. Traditionally its home defence focussed on defending the coastline rather than its airspace and with most of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) operating overseas, few aircraft remained to defend Britain.
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