Second World War records

Hull was rarely referred to by name during the Second World War. Instead, reports of raids were said to have taken place in a ‘north-east town’ in an attempt to protect the identity of the City and play down the devastation wreaked on the population by the Luftwaffe.

Prudential Tower (Ref C TSP.3.387.27)

Photographs and original archives held at the Hull History Centre bear testament to the extent of this devastation and provide an insight into how the City coped under war time conditions. Most records created during 1939-1945 will contain information relating to the war, but the records discussed in the source guide (PDF, 253kb, updated Jan 2016) and the following series of web pages are restricted to those created as a result of the war.