WWII: iconic Blitz photo snapped 70 years ago today

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    Today is the anniversary of one of the greatest photographs of World War II being taken — and of a defining moment in British history.

    On the night of December 29, 1940, Daily Mail chief photographer Herbert Mason was firewatching on the roof of the newspaper’s offices between Fleet Street and the Thames.

    The Luftwaffe’s blitz on London was at its height: after a brief pause decreed by Hitler on Christmas Day, Goering’s bombers had resumed their almost nightly pounding of the capital.

    On the roof of the Mail’s office at Northcliffe House, Carmelite Street, Herbert Mason gazed on the inferno around the cathedral, less than half a mile from where he stood — and raised his camera.

    ‘I focused at intervals as the great dome loomed up through the smoke,’ he later said. ‘The glare of many fires and sweeping clouds of smoke kept hiding the shape. Then a wind sprang up. Suddenly, the shining cross, dome and towers stood out like a symbol in the inferno. The scene was unbelievable. In that moment or two, I released my shutter.’
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    Herbert Mason’s photograph went unpublished for two days while censors considered whether it would serve Britain’s cause.
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    much more, excellent & lengthy article with many pictures, at
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ry-The-Mail-tells-story-picture-St-Pauls.html

    the iconic photo:
    http://bh101.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/st-pauls-blitz.jpg
     
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    By the way, a very good book on the topic:

    Blitz: The Story of December 29, 1940, by Margaret Gaskin (Harcourt Inc., 2005)
     
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    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    Thank you godot.

    A WW2 vet ran into me yesterday (literally, he backed into the side of my car, he was okay and no damage done to either car).

    He is 95 yrs old.

    Thanks for sharing the article!
     
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