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An Introduction to Second World War Records

The City of Hull’s 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.

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.

Hull was subject to 86 raids; the first, June 19th/20th 1940, and the last March 17th 1945 and most records created during 1939-1945 will contain information relating to the war.

Air Raids

Civil Defence Control and report services

War Damage

Victory celebrations