Every night for 10 weeks, September 7th until November 14 1940, London was attacked by an average 160 German bombers. Thereafter from November 14th 1940 until May 10th 1941 the attacks spread out to other major cities, Plymouth, Birmingham and Coventry.
One of the worst nights was the first night, September 7th. It began with a daylight raid on London where hundreds of incendiary bombs were dropped to set London ablaze. Later followed a night time raid; this time the aircraft were guided to the target by the many fires still burning. Following these two raids 400 people were killed and 1,600 were severely injured.
By October the number of aircraft had increased and on October 15th, a raid of 400 bombers dropped 540 tons of high explosives causing hundreds more casualties and massive damage.
On December 29th 1940, the attackers dropped an estimated 2000 incendiary bombs on London which caused a major firestorm. 1500 major fires were started, 52 being considered “major”. The fire services were stretched to the limits.
But for all the continuous bombing, on the last night, May 10th 1941, the worst was still to come, with several German squadrons together, thousands more incendiary bombs and tons of high explosives; 1,400 people were killed and 155,000 people left with no gas, water or electricity. By May 11th 1941, 28,556 people had been killed as well as 25,578 people were very seriously injured. Across Britain, two million homes has been damaged or destroyed, and 1.5 million people were homeless.