At around 7pm on a crisp December night in 1940, the air raid sirens sounded and the Sheffield blitz began. German bombers killed a total of 660 people and made 40,000 homeless in their raids on 12 and 15 December. They were targeting the city’s steelworks, in what they referred to as “Operation Crucible”.
In this photo, staff at the Central Library prepare food for the homeless following the bombing raids. The library became a central point for rations and information. Left-right: J. Clare, L. Ralph, K.M. Dawes, J.W. Woodward, E.H. Godfrey, and a voluntary helper.
Image used with permission from Sheffield Local Studies Library, www.picturesheffield.com.