London's burning: Ruins of a building in the shadow of St Pauls still smoulder a week after the Blitz on the city in December 1940.

Censored for days, this picture was finally published in the Mail. Now, 70 years on, Max Hastings reveals the dramatic story behind THE iconic image of the Blitz

London's burning: Ruins of a building in the shadow of St Pauls still smoulder a week after the Blitz on the city in December 1940.

Ghetto children, Stepney (1903) http://www.europeana.eu/portal/record/09324/9456C93F5A06CA0053933801395A4CAD7E140B53.html

Ghetto children, Stepney (1903) http://www.europeana.eu/portal/record/09324/9456C93F5A06CA0053933801395A4CAD7E140B53.html

G. KELLY pie and mash shop front ca. 1940 - George Kelly opened the shop in 1937. By the mid 1950’s the shop had been bought by George’s brother in-law, Bill Kingdon. Bill’s daughter, Sue, owns the shop today.

G. KELLY pie and mash shop front ca. 1940 - George Kelly opened the shop in 1937. By the mid 1950’s the shop had been bought by George’s brother in-law, Bill Kingdon. Bill’s daughter, Sue, owns the shop today.

Mr Gale, ironmonger and decorator and Mr Heckett, hardware. Junction Road, Holloway, 1903

Mr Gale, ironmonger and decorator and Mr Heckett, hardware. Junction Road, Holloway, 1903

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