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 Paul's still smoulder a week after the Blitz on the city in December 1940

Woman feeding stray cats during WW2, November 1940

Woman feeding stray cats during November 1940 Mrs. Caroline Roberts of 22 Lindfield street, Poplar, London seen here in November 1940 feeding cats made homeless by the Nazi bombing raids. Battle of Britain collection

London...1930's Looking east across (The City), meaning the original medieval walled city towards St. Paul's Cathedral and The Tower of London. From... http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=442332=58

Looking east across (The City), meaning the original medieval walled city towards St. Paul's Cathedral and The Tower of London.

12 January 1941: Soldiers help to clear the debris of Bank Underground Station, the morning after it received a direct hit during the Blitz. Some 111 people were killed in the bombing raid by German aircraft. Picture: H F Davis/Getty Images

January 12 1941 - Soldiers help to clear the debris of Bank Underground Station the morning after it received a direct hit during the Blitz. 111 people were killed in the bombing raid by German aircraft

3rd May 1941: Bomb damage in London's Leicester Square caused by German air raids during the Blitz. Original Publication: Picture Post - 713 - The Morning After The Blitz - pub. 1941 (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images)

May Bomb damage in London's Leicester Square caused by German air raids during the Blitz. Original Publication: Picture Post - 713 - The Morning After The Blitz - pub. 1941 (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images)

Londoners passing through the ruins of collapsed buildings. The consequences of the raid by German aircraft at London on December 31, 1940. S)

Londoners passing through the ruins of collapsed buildings. The consequences of the raid by German aircraft on London, December 1940

Temple Bar, designed by Christopher Wren in 1672, once stood in the Strand as one of the gates to the City of London, but it was removed in 1877 and languished in Theobalds Park in Hertfordshire until it was brought back and installed at the entrance to Paternoster Square next to St Pauls Cathedral in 2004. In Search of Relics of Old London Spitalfields Life

Temple Bar, designed by Christopher Wren in once stood in the Strand as one of the gates to the City of London, but it was removed in 1877 and languished in Theobalds Park in Hertfordshire until it was brought back and installed at the entrance to P

London after WWII

London after WWII - I worked for Balfoyr Beatty in Quen Street in 1947 and remember London like this.

London buses operate in the midst of air raid devastation, St Paul's Cathedral, August 1942

London Transport Museum's collection originated in the when the London General Omnibus Company decided to preserve two Victorian horse buses and an early motorbus for future generations.

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