An Introduction to Second World War Records

The City of Hull’s Second World War Records

Hull was rarely referred to by name in newspaper reports during the Second World War. Instead, reports of raids were said to have taken place in a "north-east coast town" in an attempt to protect the identity of the city and play down the devastation wreaked on the population by the Luftwaffe. Hull was subject to 86 raids, the first on 19/20 June 1940, and the last on 17 March 1945.

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 wartime conditions.

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Air Raids

Civil Defence Control and report services

War Damage

After the War